Man beaten by NYPD in viral video won’t be charged
NEW YORK (CNN) — Ehud Halevy, whose brutal beating by police was captured on surveillance video, will not face assault, trespassing or other charges that stem from the incident at a community center in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn prosecutors dropped the charges Monday “after review of all available evidence,” according to Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes.
A shirtless Halevy, who appeared to resist arresting officers, can be seen in the video taking punches from a male police officer in a sustained attack that culminated in the 21-year-old’s arrest.
“Justice was done in this matter in our opinion, and we are pleased with this just resolution,” Halevy’s attorney, Norman Siegel, said Tuesday.
Halevy had been in the women’s portion of the Jewish community center, the Aliya Institute, and refused to leave, police said in a written statement.
Although police accused Halevy of trespassing, the Aliya Institute says on its website that he “had full right to be sleeping on our couch on the night of the incident.”
Siegel said he has asked authorities to focus on reviewing the conduct of the two police officers who were at the scene with the aim of potentially bringing criminal charges against them.
The New York Police Department’s Internal Affairs bureau has opened an investigation into the incident, said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.