A recent YouTube video shows the violent assault by an unidentified NYPD cop against a young black man. In the video Donovan Lawson, 20, is being arrested for fare evasion at a New York subway station in Brooklyn. Lawson is pinned in a corner by the cop who strikes him in the kneecap and head with his nightstick. It is against NYPD policy to use the nightstick in the manner shown in the video. The blow causes blood to gush from Lawson’s head and he stumbles away from the officer. The officer then roughly handcuffs Lawson as the crowd shouts in disbelief at the violence. According to the NYPD, the video is under review by the Internal Affairs unit.
Lawson was charged with fare evasion, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disrupting government administration.