Coronavirus News: Officer punched in face during violent arrest in Brooklyn, police say

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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The NYPD is investigating a violent arrest in Brooklyn that was caught on camera.

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- The NYPD is investigating a violent arrest in Brooklyn that was caught on camera.

The incident happened on Sunday in East New York, where police approached a group of people who were not properly social distancing in front of a building.

Officers say a suspect walked away from the group and tried to enter a police car.

When a sergeant tried to stop him, that's when the suspect allegedly punched the officer.

Surveillance video shows several officers jump in to arrest the suspect.

"When officers approach a crowd for whatever the reason, work with the officers," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. "We commit to work with the community but one thing we cannot have is -- we cannot have individuals having physical contact with our officers."

The suspect faces several charges, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The incident is under investigation.

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