October 17, 2012

Surveillance video at a Jewish youth center captured two NYPD officers brutally beating a shirtless homeless man after he was seen resisting arrest.

The Daily News reports a security guard at the Aliya Institute found the man sleeping in the youth center's lounge last Monday. Zlamy Trappler, 24, said he suspected him of being drunk and called police.

In the video, two officers, one male and one female, arrive on the scene, and approach the sleeping man, identified as Ehud Halevi. After Halevi appears to explain his situation to the officers, the male officer takes out his handcuffs. Halevi resists and the male officer assumes what looks like a boxer's stance, and begins to punch him in a brutal beating that lasts about two minutes. While Halevi is being punched by the male officer, the female officer begins to pepper spray him and beats him with what appears to be a truncheon.

Eight more officers arrive on the scene and handcuff Halevi.

A source told CrownHeights.info Halevi had permission to stay at the center and had been doing so for the past month.

Trappler said, "I regret making the call. I should have let him sleep. It spiraled out of control."

Halevi is now being charged with assaulting a police officer, trespassing, resisting arrest and harassment

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