*The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has released footage at the heart of a police brutality case involving the beating of an Iraq war veteran in the lobby of a housing project.
Officer David London is on trial for assault and falsifying a police report after being caught on tape beating Walter Harvin with his baton even after the vet had been handcuffed.
According to the New York Daily News, London’s partner Mohammed Khan testified Monday that Harvin was needlessly aggressive before, during, and after the incident.
Harvin yelled “I’ll kill you mother—-er,” and “I’ll f— you up” as London hit him repeatedly, Khan testified, adding that Harvin also kicked the officer while on the ground.
The 28-year-old Harvin, who recently returned from Iraq, was stopped by officers after trying to enter his mother’s West 93rd Street housing project without a key. The video shows him shoving London in front of a group of people. The officer and Harvin then exchange words, inaudible on the tape.
After a few moments London strikes Harvin with his baton repeatedly – at least 20 times in the head and neck area – while Khan tries to cuff him.
Harvin has since disappeared and is not expected to testify at the trial. Khan faces departmental charges for his role in the attack, seen in the video below.