BREAKING: NYPD officer suspended after video emerges apparently showing chokehold during Queens boardwalk arrest

Sunday NYC Mayor de Blasio tweeted:

Today was the fastest I have EVER seen the NYPD act to discipline an officer. Within hours:

Immediate suspension

Body camera footage released

Discipline process initiated

This is how it needs to be.

Fox News reports the NYPD on Sunday suspended an officer after video emerged showing police using an apparent chokehold to make an arrest on a Queens boardwalk.

In the video, a bystander was heard screaming at the four officers: “Yo, he’s choking ‘em, let ‘em go!” One of the officers was seen with his arm wrapped around the suspect’s neck. Another officer then appeared to signal at the first officer to let go.

The suspect, identified by his attorney as Ricky Bellevue, was seen in longer body-cam video taunting police before grabbing an unidentified object and asking an officer, “You scared, you scared?” Afterward, one officer was seen tackling Bellevue to the ground.

Anthony Beckford, a city council candidate, put the video on Twitter claiming the officers were “performing an Illegal modern day lynching chokehold on a Black Man until he was unconscious. I demand his immediate firing & criminal charges for breaking the city & state ban. #DefundThePolice”

“Accountability in policing is essential. After a swift investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, a police officer involved in a disturbing apparent chokehold incident in Queens has been suspended without pay,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement, without naming the officer or specifying his role in the arrest. “While a full investigation is still underway, there is no question in my mind that this immediate action is necessary.”

Shea continued, “We are committed to transparency as this process continues.”

“I want the officer who put him in a chokehold to be in the cell next to him,” the suspect’s attorney, Lori Zeno, told the New York Daily News. “This guy should be charged criminally, and fired.”

She also said Bellevue was still recovering at the hospital.

It’s unclear if he was facing any charges.