VIDEO: NYPD Cop Under Investigation After Video Shows Him Winning Fight

Sandy Malone

NYPD Officer Francisco Garcia is under investigation after an arrest during a social distancing patrol went viral.

New York, NY – A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer is under investigation after footage of a violent arrest made during a social-distancing patrol went viral (video below).

The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday when officers tried to enforce social distancing at the corner of East Ninth Street and Avenue D in the East Village and the people became disorderly, the New York Post reported.

Officers had told people to disperse and were dealing with some who refused to move along.

They could be seen resisting officers’ attempts to put handcuffs on them.

The video showed the officers had the suspects up against a building and then took them to the ground in an effort to take them into custody.

A video posted to Facebook by Daquan Owens showed that's when bystanders were encroaching on the officers.

Suddenly a plainclothes officer, identified by sources to the New York Post as NYPD Officer Francisco Garcia jumped up and started walking toward a man who had gotten too close, the video showed.

Officer Garcia was holding a Taser pointed in the direction of the onlookers and ordered them to “get back” as he approached.

Then he engaged the trigger for the stun gun so it would make a cracking sound as he continued to walk toward them, the video showed.

“Move the f--k back!” Officer Garcia ordered the onlookers several times.

“What are you flexing for?” the officer asked a man as he holstered his Taser.

That’s when the man came in at the officer while in a bladed stance with his fist clenched, the video showed.

The man then appeared to swing his fist at the officer.

The video showed the officer grabbed the man – later identified as 33-year-old Donnie Wright – and pushed him backwards.

Then Officer Garcia slapped Wright in the face and took him to the ground, where he proceeded to punch his upper body and slap his face again, the video showed.

The officer dragged the man back to the sidewalk and put a knee into his back to keep him face down on the pavement as another plainclothes officer jumped in to assist Officer Garcia in taking Wright into custody.

The video showed Officer Garcia delivered more blows to Wright in the process of trying to get the man’s arms behind his back for handcuffs.

Then Officer Garcia sat on the handcuffed man’s head and pulled his Taser out of its holster, the video showed.

The video showed a uniformed officer took over and Officer Garcia headed back into the arrest taking place behind him, involving the original group of people the officers were arresting when he tangled with Wright.

Wright was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, menacing, and resisting arrest, the New York Post reported.

NYPD told the New York Post in a statement that Officer Garcia had felt threatened when Wright took up a fighting stance.

“It started out as a social distancing enforcement,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told reporters on Sunday. “I am aware of the video that’s out there.”

Commissioner Shea said Officer Garcia had been placed on modified duty while an Internal Affairs investigation was conducted.

“I would just reiterate that we had tens of thousands of interactions with people all across the city yesterday, most of them without having to issue any type of enforcement activity, whether it’s a summons or arrest,” the commissioner said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at Officer Garcia in a tweet on Sunday.

“Saw the video from the Lower East Side and was really disturbed by it,” the mayor posted. “The officer involved has been placed on modified duty and an investigation has begun. The behavior I saw in that video is simply not acceptable.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Comments (158)
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Viking24
Viking24

The perp got punked!
But of course he will play the ghetto lottery as most animals do!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

stop all the crying on video, they love to see it. NYC is full of pussies, so I'm not expecting them to break bad on anyone that doesn't look like them.
What's needed is some Micah Johnson/Gavin Long/John Brown/Chris Dorner energy. That will tighten some of these race soldiers up real quick.

fell
fell

what a sewer

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

More punks that don't know how to follow orders or stay out of shit that isn't their business. Got knocked down a few pegs!!

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

The dude was warned to stay back, why is the mayor crying like the little girl he has always been?

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Love how you people justify a clearly roid-raided cop!! I was waiting on how you people justify this!!

Scully64
Scully64

as a legal citizen with a bachelors in Criminal justice? Im retributive.. there is no rehab for murder the death penalty should be executed at time of sentencing and to me criminals shouldnt have more rights than their victims

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

First point the officer definitely isn't on a "roid rage". Would be in better shape. Maybe the fine upstanding citizen that tried to insert himself into the situation was. The same confronted the officer after being told to leave. For all that have never been an LEO the officer was using opened hand slap not closed fist. He was not sitting on his head...he was kneeling on his lower neck/shoulder area which is taught in nearly every academy. Final point....the mayor orders his officers to enforce his rules and then criticizes them publicly for doing his bidding. No wonder DeBlasio does not have the backing of the NYPD...he "throws them under the bus" before an IA investigation is completed. I'm absolutely certain if someone were trying to attack the mayor and his security detail used these same tactics he would criticize them for not doing enough .

Cop Watch
Cop Watch


“That was just savage,” said one NYPD officer who reviewed the video. “Why would that cop have even gone over there (to confront the second man)? He had nothing to do with the first arrest.”

and with how many lawsuits stacked up?
maybe this will be the one that gets him thrown under the bus! ????MAYBE?????

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

This is on the mayor who put this on the officers. The same mayor who thought it was OK to take a stroll miles from home?

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Why don't all the trolls move to NYC to suckup to Deblasto and take walks in the park with him ? I'm sure his armed security personell will be glad for more like minded individuals to join them !

RunCop
RunCop

Why can’t 13%ers be civil?

DarrellB
DarrellB

Officer Garcia,
Now it's time to sue the pants off of Mayor DeBlasio and secure a payout for yourself. The mayor in his official capacity has openly made disparaging and harming remarks before the investigation has even begun. That is liable, and he should be held fully accountable.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I see another Panteleo incident occurring. Mayor's officer tells officers to enforce the law, then when the criminals don't like it, and the criminals resist, the officer is forced to use use force, as he or she is legally permitted to do. And then the SJW and the activists get all up in arms, and the mayor throws the officer right under the bus, and then backs up over them again, to pander to those who broke the law. Mark my words

FJClair725
FJClair725

The only thing I saw was an officer defending himself while doing his job. He did only what it took to subdue the street punk who refused to obey a lawful order. Mayor DeBlasio needs to back his law enforcement officers not stab them in the back so he can garner votes. DeBlasio’s actions are shameful.

Stanracer
Stanracer

I di'nt do nuthin, he di'nt do nuthin, she di'nt do nuthin, we di'nt do nuthin, they di'nt do nuthin......yup......everybody di'nt no nuthin! We be playin the getto lottery!👎😣☹

Justdone
Justdone

ABSOLUTELY tired of this DeBlaseo piece of trash. So darn tired of our amazing Officers going out to enforce the law but get thrown under the bus every flipping time. These politicians that have Officers drive them around, protecting them willing to take a bullet for them yet these politicians constantly throw them under the bus. It’s time for Law Abiding Citizens stand up and MARCH for ALL LEO’s!!! No guns, no violence but if people can march against Officers while caring a loaded firearm then it’s TIME WE MARCH FOR OUR MEN & WOMEN in a PIECEFULE MANNER!

st125ealth
st125ealth

wheres the MK 9 can?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Dude got his bedroom slippers slapped off.

There is alternate video from the store security camera. Unfortunately, it was posted by an anti-cop activist, and they cut it, right before the physical altercation...

His mother, who he shares a home with, says he is a good boy - giving and caring...

HH3
HH3

This is really quite simple - comply and obey, live to see another day.

I'm too am ready for these stay at home orders to be lifted. So simple, wear masks every time you leave your homes. Comply with physical distancing and we all will go back to our lives much sooner.

Let's try to be adults about this.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

It's sad because cops are now the enemy brought on by the previous administration. But there are still bad cops and cops that overreact like there are bad dentist and doctors. I appreciate cops and am not a cop hater. Cops are on high alert at all times, like a dog being shoved into a corner, it will bite you. Unfortunately, this cop was on high alert and his adrenaline was up and you have to choose your fights. He should have just ignored this guy and stick with the original situation. Also, I believe he could have defused the situation, but I wasn't there. New York has become a hot spot of cop hating because of the politicians who run the state and the media. IMO, I believe this cop was in the wrong and used his authority in the wrong way and yes he should be investigated, maybe fired. You can respond all you want to this post, but I'll never see it because they don't come to my inbox. This is my opinion and you have yours.

Bmunoz
Bmunoz

The idiot was told to back off ,he was warned,then when the police officer takes him down,all of a sudden he’s a bad cop.And shame on the mayor if he saw the video,like he claimed he would back the officer.God bless all leo!!!

Oaf
Oaf

De Blasio issues unconstitutional orders and edicts, then lets the guys enforcing them hanging when the people resist those unlawful orders. And instead of standing behind his men, he bad mouths and condemns them for following his orders. NYPD needs to develop a bad case of the Blur Flu!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

I don't have a problem with the actions the officer took, they were minimal and were distractionary in nature. I have a problem with this is where we have digressed to cops telling people they're to close to one another. Six feet is an arbitrary number, Dr. Fuchi could have said 5 or 7 feet a month ago and that would be the physical distancing standard. I refuse to accept social, or socialism as the new normal. This is bullshit, cops risking their lives to enforce a government physical distancing standard. Don't try to justify this as "well its the law" there is no such fucking law. In Michigan, some idiot killed a security guard over a fucking mask. What the fuck, where are we?

checksix
checksix

Was the Mayor disturbed by Nelson Jimenez, when he sucker punched an officer on April 7?

uncabubba
uncabubba

This "honor" student that acted tough to a cop who was tougher was breaking DiBlase's rules for the city. The asshat mayor wanna be is the one who demanded social distancing and said the cops will enforce it. Now wait for him to back pedal.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

The big bad cop initiated physical contact with a skinny loud mouth he could have just ignored and who was not close by. Over what? An unconstitutional edict like "social distancing?" At least the late "Patrolman Dennis Sullivan of the Charles street station" took his beating while fighting crime.

Tomkmar
Tomkmar

Beat the shoes off of him hahahahahha!!!

LEO-Retired
LEO-Retired

I see the problem here: That bad ole cop didn't say, "Mother, may I?" and "Pretty please." This society is going to hell in a hand basket

natoj
natoj

F....KIN POLITICS

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

Dat negro got the taste slapped out his mouth..LMAO!

9397
9397

This is what happens when we are tasked to enforce unconstitutional BS like social distancing. This should not be role of law enforcement. What do think will be the end result? Nothing but controversial police interactions will come from nonsensical police citizen encounters. This is solely the responsibility of New York’s socialist mayor and his policies.


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