NYPD Investigates 2nd Chokehold Incident

Ronald Johns held days before Eric Garner's death

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 24, 2014 2:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A video has surfaced showing New York police holding a man in a chokehold just days before an unarmed Eric Garner died after police used the banned move on him, reports DNA Info. The video shows an officer holding Ronald Johns and punching him after Johns allegedly entered a subway station through an exit gate on July 14. Officers also used pepper spray to subdue him after Johns "flailed his arms and twisted his body to prevent Officer [Colin] McGuire from putting handcuffs on him," according to the criminal complaint.

East Harlem activist Rev. Kelmy Rodriquez, who posted the video, says it was sent to him anonymously. "I was appalled when I saw this video, especially after the Eric Garner situation," he says. "Something like this adds more gas to the fire." The two officers involved say they were injured in the incident and are now on medical leave, New York reports. Johns was charged with turnstile-jumping, resisting arrest, and trespassing. Police are investigating the incident. Meanwhile, NYPD's police commissioner has ordered a review of training on the use of force.

Mourners arrive as NYPD officers stand guard at the funeral service of Eric Garner, whose death while in police custody has led to accusations of police misconduct.
Mourners arrive as NYPD officers stand guard at the funeral service of Eric Garner, whose death while in police custody has led to accusations of police misconduct.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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WARNING: LANGUAGE. The video of the July 14 incident.   (YouTube)

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