Disturbing video this morning documented what can only be called police brutality against a homeless man. The assault of the man by police officers took place not on the streets, but shockingly, inside a community center where the man had permission to stay.
The video shows two officers initiating the assault and repeatedly striking the man. Steven Banks of the Legal Aid Society describes it correctly:
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“This is a new low,” said Steven Banks, attorney in chief for the Legal Aid Society, which is representing Mr. Halevy. “You have to wonder when this is going to end. This is yet another instance of over-policing in which a situation could have been addressed without an arrest, let alone the use of force. This is yet another instance of the Police Department acting outside the bounds of what any reasonable person would think was appropriate.”