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Kendo Kinsey, an NYPD officer, is under fire after a video shows him punching a woman in the face and knocking her to the ground below.
Kendo Kinsey is 27 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
On Tuesday, around 5 p.m. local time, authorities were searching for attempted murder suspect Elvin James, 22, in Harlem, New York, when the woman, 19-year-old Tamani Crum, confronted an officer, as seen in body cam footage shared on Twitter by the NYPD.
After reportedly slapping the officer, who has been identified as Kendo Kinsey, he seemingly punches Crum in the face and knocks her to the ground.
As Crum lies on the ground holding her face, bystanders can be heard asking the police officer, “Why would you do that?” before the teen is put into handcuffs and escorted away from the scene.
In a statement, the NYPD said, “While police were effecting the arrest, multiple individuals on scene interfered by physically assaulting numerous officers. One officer sustained a minor injury to the head.”
After the incident, authorities charged Crum with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration, the NYPD confirmed to PEOPLE. The following evening, however, the New York Post reported that she was arraigned on the latter charge, a misdemeanor, and set free without bail.
Faith Harrell, 27, was also charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration. At the same time, an unnamed woman, 26, was given a Criminal Court summons for allegedly spitting at an officer, the Post added, citing authorities.
In a statement to CBS News, Jaime Santana Jr. — a lawyer representing Crum — said, “The officer involved in this case was approximately three times her body weight and size. This was unnecessary and it’s unacceptable. This has to stop.”
Kinsey is reportedly still on active duty, the outlet added. Crum is scheduled to next appear in court on Oct. 11.