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Change of duty status unlikely for NYPD officer caught on camera punching man on subway

Man punched by police on subway
Posted at 3:33 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 15:41:58-04

MANHATTAN — An officer caught on camera punching a man and dragging him off a train in Manhattan likely won't see any change of duty status, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday.

Video of the incident shows officers confront a homeless man on May 25 for taking up more than one seat in the mostly empty subway car. The man was also pepper sprayed by police.

"Anytime an incident results in noncompliance or force being used and – it doesn't look good. I mean, there's no pretty way to say that," She said. "My analysis of the entirety of it, where it goes on for nearly 30 minutes, an officer's kicked, etcetera, I don't foresee any change in duty status, but any use of force, and this is an incident certainly falls within that, is reviewed."

The Legal Aid Society has called for Officers Adonis Long and Shimul Saha to be fired. Edda Ness, a staff Attorney with the Manhattan Trial Office at The Legal Aid Society, previously called the "brutal attack" on the man punched by police "both unconscionable and completely indefensible."

“NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea’s refusal to discipline the officers who brutally assaulted our client should alarm all New Yorkers,” Ness said Wednesday in an emailed statement. “But it’s not surprising, as Shea is the same Commissioner who commended his own officers for exercising ‘incredible restraint’ during the George Floyd demonstration despite a tidal wave of first hand accounts, social media posts, videos, and news reports showing the exact opposite."