THE NEW York police department (NYPD) has been widely condemned after officers pointed their guns at a packed subway carriage as they sought to arrest a teenager on the train.
The incident, which has sparked widespread outrage, was recorded on video by several passengers. Among them was Elad Nehorai.
In the footage he captured, passengers in the carriage can be seen moving away from the 19-year-old, named as Adrian Napier, as he sits on the train and holds his hands in the air.
As several of the officers stand on the platform with their guns trained on him, the teenager asks police if he should remain seated or lie on the floor. He also shouts out for someone to call his mum. Moments later officers storm the carriage, tackle Napier to the ground and cuff him.
Speaking about what happened on Twitter, Nehorai said: “The guy has made absolutely no indication that he would flee or fight and wasn’t trying to hide.”
Officers had been acting on reports from witnesses that a man had been seen with a gun near Atlantic and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn.
When officers approached the man he fled into the Pacific Street subway station and was pursued by police before jumping over a turnstile and running onto a train, the NYPD said. The train was stopped at a later station where officers intercepted it and made an arrest.
No weapon was found on the teenager and he was arrested and charged for not paying the train fare.
In a statement, the NYPD said: “Officers at the Franklin Avenue station located and identified the individual inside of the train and took him into custody without incident.”
Nehorai said that no one in the carriage was scared of the young man but that “everyone was terrified of the police”.
“Seeing the terror in his eyes will stay with me forever. Seeing the anger in some of the officers’ eyes will as well,” he added.