Jatiek Reed Beating Video: Cops Beat Unarmed Suspect
4 NYPD Cops Beat Jatiek Reed: Caught on Video
Four NYPD officers were caught on video as they beat an unarmed suspect, 19-year-old Jatiek Reed, on East 168th Street in the Bronx. The Jatiek Reed beating video was posted to World Star Hip Hop, and has since spread across the web.
The young man who filmed the police beating video was threatened with pepper spray. The four officers involved in the beating, whose names have not been released (give it time), have been stripped of their badges and guns and put on administrative leave.
The cops say that Jatiek Reed attacked one of them, but Reed's family denies it:
Jateik Reed's father, Bernard Walker, said the charges were trumped up by police in order to cover up the severity of the beating.
"This so-called assault on an officer, which we all know never took place. Even... if it had happened and if he hit this officer, no one ever saw that. And it still doesn't call for the abuse that they put on my son," said Walker.
Working against the NYPD's party line is its long history of abusing New York City residents, particularly those who happen to be nonwhite.
Jatiek Reed was arrested on charges of robbery, possession of marijuana and crack, and assaulting a police officer. However, it's also asserted that Reed was yet another black teen stopped and harassed by the police for no reason.