In video footage obtained by the New York Daily News, a 25-year-old college student can be seen being beaten by police. Nicholson Gregoire says he was walking his dog outside without a leash and was wrongfully arrested after being roughed up by the cops.
Gregoire said the incident began while he was taking his dog out for a walk when he saw two officers stopping-and-frisking someone nearby. One of the cops said he did not have his dog on a leash and asked for his ID.
Gregoire said he told them it was inside his home and they allowed him to go inside with his dog, then he closed the door behind him.
Gregoire went to his bedroom to get his identification while officers repeatedly rang the doorbell. Gregoire’s 87-year-old grandfather went down the stairs in order to open the door.
According to a police spokeswoman, the student allegedly refused to hand over the ID, but his grandfather urged him to comply.
Gregoire and his grandfather said the officers were aggressive as they pushed past the elderly grandmother and attempted to arrest him.
“The police are alleging that my client answered the door and dragged them inside, to justify coming into the house … They had no basis to enter the premises,” said Gregoire’s attorney Mark Crawford.
Watch, posted on Gregoire’s Facebook page:
Gregoire’s girlfriend recorded the encounter with her cell phone.
He can be seen in the footage holding his hands up with his ID while two officers try to handcuff him..
“I’ve been watching the video over and over. I didn’t use any foul language. I don’t think I should have been arrested in my home for walking my dog,” the student said. “I was scared for my life. They have the guns,” he added.
At one point, Gregoire put one of the officers in a chokehold while they wrestled before a dozen officers barged in.
One officer repeatedly punched Gregoire in the face, then his head smashed into a wall which created a large hole.
“They used two full cans of Mace on me like a rabid animal,” he said.
“Not one of the officers tried to deescalate the situation.”
“The police showed no respect for the law, almost like mob mentality. If they were not police officers this would have been a gang assault,” said Crawford.
Gregoire ended up with charges of assaulting an officer, strangulation and resisting arrest.
“My client’s constitutional rights were violated. The officers were smiling and that’s telling. These officers were not in any physical danger,” said Crawford.
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