A police officer from New York was arrested and charged Thursday for having practiced a bottleneck during an arrest, a practice made recently illegal in the State of New York, after the emotion caused by the death of George Floyd.
Charged with strangulation and attempted strangulation, aggravated, David Afanador risk up to seven years in prison, said the office of the prosecutor of Queens, Melinda Katz, in a statement.
The arrest, which occurred Sunday, was filmed by a passer-by with his smart phone, before the police publishes the images shot by the mini-cameras which are equipped police officers.
We see three individuals, visibly intoxicated, is taken orally to the police. After several minutes, one of them seems to be seized of a bobbin accommodated in a trash can.
Four officers pounce on him and David Afanador practice then a choke for over ten seconds. It seems that the man, who is black, lost then briefly consciousness.
The outlet choke was already banned by New York police, but the Parliament of the State of New York, and the city council, have both passed in recent weeks, the legislation makes this practice a criminal offence.
The two assemblies were an echo of the emotion born of the death of George Floyd during his arrest by the police of Minneapolis.
The autopsy showed that it is the pressure exerted by the police on the torso and the neck of George Floyd, which caused his death.
In 2014, Eric Garner, another black man unarmed, was dead during his arrest in Staten Island, New York, during which another officer had performed a decision bottleneck.
“Even in the most difficult circumstances, this practice is exactly the type of conduct that the New York police department has prohibited and which the Parliament (New York) has made a crime,” said attorney Katz, quoted in the press release.
Presented to a judge of the Queens, which has served a formal indictment, David Afanador has been left free.