The NYPD is investigating an incident involving a chokehold during an arrest in Queens, New York. Video from the arrest shows a man pinned to the ground by multiple officers, one of whom is choking the man under arrest.
Scott Heins / Getty Images"We are aware of the video and there is an active investigation underway by the Internal Affairs Bureau," the NYPD said in a statement. "This matter is taken extremely seriously and we expect to have an update this evening as the investigation unfolds."
The NYPD has since suspended the officer in question. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the decision, Sunday.
"While a full investigation is still underway, there is no question in my mind that this immediate action is necessary," Shea said.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a 10-bill police reform package into law earlier this month, which included a ban on chokeholds. "Today NY took a major step toward justice by enacting landmark police reform," Cuomo tweeted at the time. "To the activists and advocates who spoke out year after year, to all who marched and demanded justice in the last weeks, thank you. Your voices brought real change."
The man being choked in the video suffered minor injuries.