Video: New York Police Officers Beat Handcuffed Suspect

New York authorities have suspended two police officers and are considering criminal charges after this video showed them assaulting a handcuffed man, Jonathan Baez, 28. The video shows Officer John Cicero, 28, hitting Baez. Officer William Green, 26, is also seen hitting and kicking Baez.

Before the beating, two officers were wounded by a ricocheting bullet fired by a third officer at a pit bull reportedly belonging to the drug suspect. During the chase, the dog had pounced on the officers.

Two sergeants – Junior Carela and Phillip Connor – were also present and did nothing to stop the abuse. They only received desk duty even though they were witnessing a crime by two officers and did nothing to stop it. That seems to warrant something a bit more significant than desk duty.

Once again, it is worth noting that this case probably would never have materialized if it were not for a citizen’s videotaping the attack. Yet, police in Boston and England are arresting people for filming them in public places, here.

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60 thoughts on “Video: New York Police Officers Beat Handcuffed Suspect”

  1. “Duh”

    And you’re a “Duh” who chooses to remain anonymous?

    How many others who comment here do so anonymously? I do so for a very good reason that I need not disclose. I wish it were otherwise.

    I don’t believe that I have ever said that police departments should not hire (and train) veterans. Perhaps an imprecise comment on my part?

    I’m not bucking for any fights here. A good, healthy exchange of ideas is always a good thing.

  2. Duh, I think the answer is it depends on what they did in the military. If you were an MP then I would say they would much prefer that before say a KP. The MP or others in highly skilled areas of the military would be welcomed with open arms especially for tactical situations. The other thing would be the extensive handling of weapons along with the discipline of following orders. I know you asked anon nurse but I don’t think thats a fair question to someone who is trained to save a life vs. one trained to take a life.

  3. anon nurse,

    A couple more questions:

    Why do you think police departments like to hire veterans? What traits do they bring to the department, that the department would find to be beneficial?

  4. anon nurse,

    For as far back as I can remember, police departments have been giving preference to hiring veterans. Every one of those departments have waived a college degree for those with military experience.

    Since I don’t know anything about you (other than that you’re a nurse who chooses to remain anonymous), I’ll ask. What do you know about what military personnel are taught in boot camp, and what do you know about the education of police officers at the academy? How many hours of CON LAW do each receive?

  5. “they are not constrained by the US Constitution as to how they operate as cops,” said former NYPD detective and owner of FLT Security Services, Sid Frances”

    Thats quite a statement.

  6. Speaking of Blackwater here’s the flip side.

    On July 2nd, 2008, Obama spoke in Colorado Springs and hit themes of national service, foreign policy, and national security. In that vein, Obama proposed a rather extraordinary idea — that the US should spend as much money on a civilian national security force as it does on the military. His actual words were:

    “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

    A recent study commissioned by the U.S. Army and written by the RAND Corporation calls for the creation of a “hybrid” military/law enforcement unit which could be put to use in the United States to take charge of riot control and SWAT duties, according to the authors.

    Here’s the link to the PDF

    http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG819.pdf

  7. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
    Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)”

  8. http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/index.php/mercenaries-training-us-local-police-a-new-trend

    Mercenaries training U.S. local police a new trend
    Jim Kouri – Aug 04, 09
    http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/mercenaries-training-us-local-police-a-new-trend
    Houston Examiner
    August 4, 2009

    “I’m troubled by the use of military personnel — whether they be US soldiers or private mercenaries — performing a police or law enforcement function. While they may be experts in fighting wars, they are not constrained by the US Constitution as to how they operate as cops,” said former NYPD detective and owner of FLT Security Services, Sid Frances.

    “Soldiers are soldiers and cops are cops. What’s next? Using smart bombs to crash into drug dens?” he asked.

  9. Duh, thanks for the correction. He still doesn’t need any evidence, only assumptions.

  10. eniobob

    The old saying is

    surround your self with good people and good things will happen to you.

    surround your self with bad people and bad things will happen to you.

    Of course there is always an exception to that when you grow up in a bad neighborhood.

  11. Duh:

    “I’m sure it isn’t lost on many who blog here that Blackwater (Xe) has trained many police officers in this country.”

    Many? Less than 1% is many?

    Could you supply your source for the “less than 1%”?

  12. bdaman:
    Looking at that video throws evrything out of the window,you tell your kids to stay in school,watch who you hangout with,set a goal in your life and try to reach it by studying hard and carry your self in a respectful manner.

    It seems as if that is the path that this young man was on,and something like that happens to him.It is beyond words but it happens,but it shouldn’t.

  13. Well Bdaman,

    Now time for you to start with vowels. You have now used all of the constants that are generally recognized and acceptable first names..

  14. bdaman,

    AY never claimed to be an ex-attorney general. He stated that he was an investigator for the attorney general’s office.

  15. anon nurse,

    “Don’t be so quick to judge.”

    I dont’ think my judgment was “quick”. I based it on many comments left over a relatively long period of time.

    “You don’t know who we are, where we’ve been, what we’ve seen and/or what we’ve done in our lives.”

    That would be correct, but it is hardly an excuse that would permit you to paint with a broad brush. If you have life experiences that would justify demeaning the police officers, or our military personnel, as a whole; please share those experiences.

    “I’m sure it isn’t lost on many who blog here that Blackwater (Xe) has trained many police officers in this country.”

    Many? Less than 1% is many?

  16. Student: ‘Beating So Bad Thought I Was Going To Die’

    Updated: 7:24 pm EST January 22, 2010

    PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper said three plainclothes officers have been reassigned during an internal investigation into the beating of an 18-year-old student violinist from the city’s Creative and Performing Arts High School.

    http://www.wpxi.com/news/22311848/detail.html

  17. AY,

    Do you have any evidence of behavior like this being caused by hiring ex service members? Where these officers veterans?

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