New York police hit man 10 times with baton during arrest

By David Edwards
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 8:14 EDT
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An exclusive video obtained by WNBC shows a man being repeatedly beaten with a metal baton as he is arrested.

WNBC reported:

“The NYPD has temporarily taken away the badge and gun of the baton-wielding officer and placed him on desk duty as investigators review his repeated strikes July 4th against a suspect who was allegedly resisting arrest.”

“A passerby had filmed part of the confrontation between 46-year-old Michael Cephus of Brooklyn and officers on Delancey Street about 8:25 p.m. Police maintain that Cephus had been drinking, had swung at police officers with an umbrella, hit two cops with his fists and had refused to be handcuffed. His attorney counters that Cephus was not intoxicated, did not strike the officers and should not have been arrested.”

This video is from WNBC, broadcast July 29, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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