A Queens teenager was allegedly beaten by police officers excessively after being stopped in front of the Flushing YMCA on Northern Boulevard, a newly-released video shows.
Cell phone footage recorded by a passerby on Jan. 8 shows 19-year-old Robert Jackson of Southeast Queens being punched and kicked by several police officers on a Northern Boulevard sidewalk
Jackson’s attorney, City Council candidate Jacques Leandre, wants to dismiss the charges of obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and unlawful possesion of marijuana that the alleged victim was arrested for. Jackson was also charged with resisting arrest.
“It is unfortunate that this could happen to someone like me when the cops are supposed to be protecting us,” Jackson said. “Everything that I’ve been through, I don’t know what to think of it.”
Jackson’s cheeks and jaw are marked with scrapes, cuts and scars after police held his face down on the sidewalk.
According to Leandre, Jackson was taking a break from youth development courses he is enrolled in at the Flushing YMCA when the incident occured.
Community leaders and members of the clergy joined Jackson’s family at a press conference held on Feb. 12 at Leandre’s law office that showed the video recording of Jackson’s arrest to assembled media.
William Bell, the father of the late Sean Bell, who was gunned down by police in 2006, joined community activists at the conference.
“Kids are getting abused left and right, it’s sad,” Bell said. “They went about it the wrong way and took the extreme.”
The NYPD did not comment on the incident. The New York Post reports that police officials have confirmed that Jackson has four prior arrests and that they have turned the case over to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.