F-bomb, then cop bashing
New vid on busts uptown
New video has surfaced of the wild clash between police and two men in Washington Heights that ended with a brutal beatdown — and an NYPD investigation into excessive force.
The footage acquired by the Daily News — believed to be recorded by a police officer’s body camera — appears to show one of the cops lunging at Aaron Grissom after the two curse at each other at the entrance to the W. 168th St. and Broadway subway stop Tuesday.
Grissom, 36, and Sidney Williams, 37, are recorded refusing Police Officers Jeffrey Mota and Bramlin Rosa’s orders to move 100 feet away from the foot of the subway station stairs.
While Williams appears to be accommodating, Grissom won’t budge.
“Shut the f— up,” Grissom says, according to the video.
“Make me shut up,” one cop replies before one of the officers moves in to either grab or punch Grissom, sparking a brief fight and standoff.
At no time did the cop say Grissom was under arrest or getting a summons or demand his ID, according to the video.
“(The cop) threw the first punch,” said a law enforcement source who saw the recording. “When you are going to arrest someone, you go for the arms. It looks like this guy went for the head.”
A high-ranking NYPD source said the cops were arguing with Grissom and Williams for five minutes before the video started. At one point one of the cops tells the two men, “You’re going under” — meaning under arrest.
“They were not complying with orders to disperse and started a heated exchange,” the NYPD official said. “Cops stepped in to effect the arrest.”
The clip ends where the original video begins — with the cops whipping out their batons and striking Williams in the head, neck and back.
The NYPD contends that Grissom threw the first punch.
At least one of two men bashed by cops refused orders to leave a Washingtonn Heights subway stop.