Video Shows Two Cops Viciously Beating Man During Routine Traffic Stop
Two Nassau County cops are under fire after a store surveillance camera recorded them viciously beating a man during a routine traffic stop.
According to reports, 20-year-old Kyle Howell was beaten so badly he suffered a broken nose, fractures near both eyes, and nerve damage to his face.
Court records accuse Howell of assaulting officers, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest. According to the officers, Howell tried to swallow a bag of marijuana and punched and kicked the officers after “a violent struggle ensued as officers attempted to retrieve the evidence and arrest him.”
The officers charged Howell with marijuana possession and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Howell says that’s not how it happened. “I remember getting a knee to my face and after that, I don’t really remember much. I was hit in the head so many times. They were telling me to spit something out of my mouth,” he says.
Howell has been released on $10,000 bond. His lawyer Amy Marion has filed a claim against the county, alleging the Howell is the victim of false arrest, excessive force by police, and that he was deprived of his civil rights.
Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice says “we’ve seen this video and have been investigating both the actions of the officers as well as the charges the police filed against Mr. Howell.”
The two officers are now on “modified duty” and are under investigation by Internal Affairs.
Howell does have two priors, a marijuana charge and petty larceny. One has to wonder though, even if what he says is false and the officers were correct, does a bag of marijuana deserve a beating so bad you have multiple fractures and nerve damage in your face?