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Horrifying Video Shows NYPD Officers Beating Cyclist With Batons During Protest



A “horrifying” video posted on Twitter late Wednesday appears to show at least three NYPD officers beating a cyclist with batons in the street, prompting a swift condemnation by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro.

The viral video shows a cyclist trying to get away from an officer wearing a helmet and wielding a baton, but the officer follows the cyclist and begins repeatedly striking the person’s upper right leg. Two other cops, also with batons, then start hitting the cyclist, forcing the person off the bike before the short video abruptly ends.

Ocasio-Cortez and Julián Castro denounced the scenes caught on camera.

The viral “Horrifying,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “This isn’t a problem of bad apples or incidents. This is an institutional and systemic crisis.”

Castro wrote that violating the city’s 8 p.m. curfew is “no excuse for senselessly beating someone.”

The NYPD is yet to comment on the video.