New York, NY – A cell phone video of a man being dragged to a New York police car in Harlem has caused outrage on social media, but it turned out that the man was faking (video below).
The incident began at about 2:52 p.m. on July 16 when officers in the 32nd Precinct spotted 22-year-old Keith Woody at the intersection of West 127th Street and Lenox Avenue, and recognized him as being wanted by authorities.
Officers approached Woody, who had an active parole warrant for criminal possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment related to a 2015 incident when he discharged a firearm towards a group of people at the intersection of 5th Avenue and West 130 Street, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said.
Woody took off running, and the chase was on.
Police pursued the suspect and saw Woody enter a building at 46 West 129th Street. Officers chased Woody as he raced up to the roof, fled down a fire escape, then entered an apartment and tried to escape through another window onto the street, according to NYPD.
That’s where police were able to capture him. Woody was apprehended in the rear of a building located at 12 West 129th Street, and taken into custody.
NYPD told Blue Lives Matter on Wednesday that Woody was never unconscious after officers took him into custody.
They said that officers decided not to wait for an ambulance there, and removed Woody from the area in a police SUV in order to defuse an escalating situation with the angry mob.
Woody was transported to the 32nd Precinct in the back of the patrol vehicle, and then transferred to an ambulance there that transported him to Saint Luke’s Hospital.
He was evaluated and released into police custody the same day. It was determined that Woody had suffered no injuries.
Two NYPD officers were injured during Woody’s apprehension, NYPD told Blue Lives Matter.
In the video posted to social media that created an instant firestorm of accusations, a large police presence can be seen trying to hold back an angry, screaming crowd of community members as other officers arrested Woody behind the building, off camera.
There was a scuffle on the sidewalk between police and neighbors and a Taser got knocked out of a female officer’s hand. She recovered it quickly, the video showed.
A group of more than 20 officers continued to push the crowd back down the sidewalk, away from the gated entrance to the building from which officers would emerge with Woody.
Officers repeatedly commanded the angry people to “step away!” as the video showed even small children getting caught up in the fray.
Police attempted to set up a perimeter that would allow them to safely walk the suspect from the building to the patrol unit, the video showed.
Then the video showed officers had another man bent over the hood of a BMW as they appeared to put him in handcuffs.
As police stood him up to walk to a patrol vehicle, the man was angry and combative, and yelling at police, the video showed.
“Record that s--t, record that s--t!” one woman in the crowd yelled.
That’s when a group of officers came around the side of the building and dragged Woody out through the gates onto the sidewalk, and over to the police SUV.
Woody dragged his feet behind him, passively resisting, but kept his eyes closed and his head to the side in way that made some bystanders believe he was unconscious, as officers held him by each arm and pulled him across the street, the video showed.
But the suspect was only pretending he was unconscious during his arrest. He can be clearly seen sitting upright on his knees beside the police SUV in the video as officers began to wrangle him into the car.
The crowd started yelling at police to wait for an ambulance, the video showed.
However, police put Wood in the back of the patrol unit and departed quickly, while the officers who remained disbursed the crowd.
NYPD said Woody was charged with assault - police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and criminal trespass.
You can see the video of the incident below: