New York City Police officers were caught on a grocery store surveillance video beating a young African American man who was holding his hands up. The police say that their reason for beating the youth, who was clearly trying to surrender to the violent NYPD thugs was because they “thought” he had stolen a $3 slice of pizza.
As it turned out, there was no pizza stolen.
But facts didn’t matter to Officer Lenny Lutchman and his partner Pearce Martinez, who administered the brutal beating to Thomas Jennings, 24, in a Brooklyn grocery store.
Right after Jennings raises his hands, suddenly, Lutchman’s partner Pearce Martinez charges in and delivers a running-right handed punch to Jenning’s head.
Punch after punch followed, as Lutchman quickly took his cue and began raining down punches and baton strikes as well.
The whole time, Jennings just curls up to endure the beating. He never once tries to fight back or even flee. This did not stop the beating.
Officer Martinez can be seen in the video handcuffing Jennings. All the while, Officer Lutchman continues beating him, even though Jennings has his hands behind his back the whole time.
“I didn’t ever know it was coming,” Jennings said to the New York Daily News.
Jennings was actually charged with “robbery” and was denied bail for nearly a week.
After that, prosecutors released him and declined to present the dubious case to a grand jury.
Amy Rameau, Jennings’ attorney, explained that she is confident the entire case will be thrown out or dropped, as there was no robbery whatsoever.
“It’s horrendous what they did to him,” Rameau said to the Daily News. “He had his hands up. He didn’t pose a threat to anyone in that store. It was an absolute use of excessive force.”
But the NYPD thugs actually accused Jennings of “resisting arrest” in spite of the video proof to the contrary.
“He’s an artist, he’s a father, he’s a son but unfortunately the police see him as an object, something to pound on,” his attorney said.
Watch the surveillance video of the brutal NYPD beating below, from the New York Daily News:
(Article by Jackson Marciana and Reagan Ali)