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New York Police officer beats man recording arrest in Crown Heights

By Mason White 5:22 PM February 24, 2014
Shawn Thomas shows off his injuries 

By: Hydar Tomar
A man claims that he was severely beaten and arrested because he decided to record an arrest in Brooklyn, New York.

Shawn Thomas, 47, of New Rochelle, said that New York Police Department Officer Efrain Rojas, arrested him for recording police arresting another person at the Utica Avenue subway station in Crown Heights.

The police officer also deleted the video from his camera after the arrest, but Thomas managed to recover it and uploaded the encounter to YouTube (search for Shawn Thomas on YouTube). Thomas also added video from another passerby, who witnessed and recorded the assault.

After the officer arrested Thomas, he asked passersby to record the incident and another man captured the arrest of Thomas, who shouted his own name in the video. The passerby found Thomas on Facebook, and sent him the footage.

Thomas faces charges of resisting arrest, trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing government. Thomas published a copy of his arrest report, in which the officer claims that Thomas was very close to police officers.