NYPD Officer Charged with Using Banned Chokehold

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2020

The NYPD says officer David Afanador was arrested Thursday on charges of strangulation and attempted strangulation over the incident last weekend on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk.

Officer David Afanador, 39, was arrested and charged in the 100th Precinct, a spokeswoman confirmed in an email.

Body camera footage released Sunday night by police showed that for at least 11 minutes before Bellevue was tackled, he and two other men - one of whom shot the cellphone video - were shouting insults at officers, who implored them to walk away. The group had called for Afanador to be fired and prosecuted.

Guardian Angels leader Curtis Sliwa told The Post that Brea quit out of frustration with top-level NYPD officials, who recently disbanded the force's plainclothes anti-crime unit.

Afanador has been named in three lawsuits, including two in 2015.

Deputy Inspector Richard Brea, of the Bronx's 46th Precinct, will resign after almost 30 years on the department in protest to the organization's reforms and response to recent anti-police protests, the New York Post reported.

None of the responding officers involved in Garner's death were ever charged, and a grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was filmed bringing Garner to the ground by his neck and continued to apply pressure after he was down.

Scrutiny of the police has intensified across the country in the wake of the death on May 25 of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis. That man, George Floyd, died in police custody.

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The NYPD did not mince text Thursday warning cops that if they use chokeholds or prohibit a person's respiratory all through an arrest they could face legal expenses - just hrs immediately after the initial cop was billed less than the new law, The Publish has acquired.

The exodus from the NYPD comes as violent crime in New York City keeps surging, partially thanks to the state's bail reform policy that eliminates bail for most nonviolent crimes and many violent crimes.

"I think people should be condemning the acts, in my opinion, of the individuals-the language they used".

"People have had enough and no longer feel it's worth risking their personal well-being for a thankless position", Mullins said. "This legislation will put an end to the practice across the state".

Not using chokeholds will continue being emphasized in training, Shea said.

For the last 27 years, Deputy Inspector Richard Brea has been a member of the NYPD, but on Friday, the commanding officer handed in his papers as a show of protest over the recent developments around the force.

James asked former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who served under former President Barack Obama, to help investigate alleged misconduct by NY police officers during recent protests.

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