Disturbing Video Shows Two NYPD Officers Beating Man in Synagogue

The following video from CrownHeights.Info is hard to watch, so much so that YouTube has placed age restrictions on it.

Since the site posted the surveillance video (no audio) on October 14, the video has gotten over 220,000 views. A story in yesterday's New York Times reported that the two officers are now being investigated.

Here is the beginning of the Times story:

The Police Department and the Brooklyn district attorney’s office have begun separate investigations into allegations of police brutality after reviewing video that shows two officers repeatedly striking a young man inside a Jewish community center in Brooklyn, officials said on Monday.

Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, said Internal Affairs Bureau investigators also referred the case to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency that investigates allegations of abuse of authority by the police. One of the officers, Luis A. Vega, has been placed on modified duty, he said.

The video, posted online on Sunday night by CrownHeights.info, shows Officer Vega punching the head and body of Ehud Halevy, 21, and another officer from the 71st Precinct, Yelena Bruzzese, battering Mr. Halevy with a baton for more than two minutes last week as he tries to fend off the blows.

You can read the entire Times story here. As for us, police brutality is unacceptable in any situation. The NYPD needs to do the right thing and remove the two officers immediately.

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