Context is necessary for that ‘excessive force’ police video

We can’t say for positive whether or not the police officers in that Washington Heights video used extreme power. But it’s lifeless sure that the video doesn’t remotely inform the entire story — as a result of movies by no means do.

The six minutes look dangerous — significantly when one officer opens his baton and swings it at a civilian’s head. As a police supply instructed The Post, that’s a direct violation of NYPD pointers: “The head is a red zone.”

Yet Michael Gonzalez, the passerby who caught the motion on his cellphone, has mentioned from the beginning that it leaves out what went on earlier than: The two alleged victims going after the cops — harassing officers who had been responding to complaints about males smoking and blocking a stairway on the 168th Street station. And one other video confirms it.

The males, ID’d as Aaron Grissom and Sydney Williams, had been the aggressors, and the cops had been “just defending themselves,” says Gonzalez.

Grisson and Williams even have data — 30 prior arrests between them, based on legislation enforcement sources, together with eight involving fights with police. They had been arrested collectively final month for the same altercation with cops on the similar station.

And Williams has bragged on Facebook about how his brawling with police is about “getting paid” and that he has 4 lawsuits pending in opposition to the town. Cops “can’t touch me because they get hurt and I get paid. I got three lawsuits and working on No. 4,” he says within the 2017 video.

If Grissom and Williams develop into provocateurs who had been wanting for a payday, the true outrage right here is what’s not on the videotape.

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