F-bomb, then cop bash­ing

New vid on busts up­town

New York Daily News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - BY THOMAS TRACY

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.

OB­TAINED BY NYDN

At least one of two men bashed by cops re­fused or­ders to leave a Wash­ing­tonn Heights sub­way stop.

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