Brooklyn man: I was beaten by cops at gay pride party

Posted at 12:21 PM, Jan 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-17 12:43:05-05

Surveillance video provided by Jabber Campbell. His lawyer says it shows an officer reaching for the video camera in the building’s vestibule.

In what he calls a hate crime, a  Brooklyn man says he was beaten by multiple NYPD cops during a gay pride party on Sunday.

Jabber Campbell of Crown Heights held a news conference Thursday morning in the offices of his attorney in lower Manhattan, claiming that nine city officers entered his home illegally after punching him in the face in the lobby area during the party on Sterling Place early Sunday.

According to Campbell, several of the officers were screaming anti-gay epithets while beating him.

The 32-year-old Campbell and his attorney — calling what happened a hate crime —   say that the officers knew exactly what they were doing.  According to Campbell, the officers turned the camera away prior to entering the home.

Campbell went to  Kings County Hospital to receive stitches for a wound to his lip.

According to the criminal complaint, which the attorney confirms they have yet to receive,  Campbell tried to flee the scene and attempted  to fight the arrest. The complaint said cops found marijuana and that Campbell turned over ecstasy. No arrest was made for any drug possession.

The NYPD has not publicly responded to the beating allegations.