NYC police investigating after video surfaces of another apparent chokehold of a suspect

The Associated Press
July 24, 2014 03:57 AM

Esaw Garner, center, is followed by Gwendolyn Flagg-Carr, mother of Eric Garner, and Eric Snipes Garner, Jr., son of Eric Garner, during funeral services for her Eric Garner, at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Garner's death while in police custody has led to accusations of police misconduct. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Julia Xanathos, Pool)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after a new video surfaced of another officer using an apparent chokehold on a suspect during an arrest.

Police say the July 14 incident happened at a subway station in East Harlem.

They say 22-year-old Ronald Johns was arrested on a fare-evading charge after walking through an emergency gate without paying.

It happened three days before another man, Eric Garner, died in police custody after an officer apparently placed him in a chokehold. That officer has been placed on modified assignment. Garner's funeral was held Wednesday.

Police say Johns also was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass.

The cellphone video shows a police officer with an arm around the suspect's neck as he struggles to arrest him. Chokeholds are banned under NYPD policy.


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