Here are the facts that I have so far.
The arresting officer, Michael Harrington, who is on the video
hitting Mr. Cephus contends that Mr. Cephus was drunk and had
previously struck the officers and lunged at them with an umbrella.
Mr. Cephus contends that he hadn't been drinking and that
he didn't swing the umbrella.
The first allegation could clearly be addressed with a breathalyser.
The incident took place on July 4th in lower Manhattan.
Officer Michael Harrington is now on modified duty.
In the wake of this beating, the NYPD commissioner Ray
Kelley has announced that he is going to set up a program
that will allow the public to report abuse.
It is hard to watch the above video. My hands are still shaking.
All I could think of is that this could be any one of us.
Does anyone have any further information on this?