NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An NYPD officer who was suspended for kneeling on a man’s neck after punching him in the East Village in May will face internal charges, according to a report.
Video taken by a bystander on May 2 shows Officer Francisco Garcia arresting someone for a social distancing violation near East 9th Street and Avenue D, the New York Post reported.
Midway through the video, Garcia holds up his taser and orders onlookers to back away.
“Move the f--- back right now!” he shouts, before punching one bystander in the face, dragging him to the ground and kneeling on his neck.
The Police Benevolent Association on Tuesday told the Post Garcia would be charged internally by the end of the month.
Asked about the video not long after the May incident, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said there were “certainly some tactics that I was not happy with,” but added that he would “like to remind you that de-escalation takes two, unfortunately,” according to the outlet.
The incident happened less than a month before George Floyd was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota.