A New York police officer was suspended on Sunday after a video posted online appeared to show him putting a man in a chokehold during an arrest.The incident unfolded Sunday morning around 8:45 a.m. on the boardwalk that runs along Rockaway Beach in Queens, law enforcement sources confirmed to NBC News. They say that the officers responded to the boardwalk after three men were allegedly harassing people and throwing objects at them.
The New York Police Department banned the use of chokeholds in 1993.
But the death of George Floyd after a police officer knelt on his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis on May 25 has put police tactics and methods in the spotlight again.
“After a swift investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, a police officer involved in a disturbing apparent chokehold incident in Queens has been suspended without pay”, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a tweet on Sunday.
“While a full investigation is still underway, there is no question in my mind that this immediate action is necessary,” Shea said.
The man was hospitalized late on Sunday, NBC News reported