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New York Police left Kevin Diaby, 20, of Harlem, New York, laying in a pool of his own blood Tuesday evening after pinning him to the street and punching his head into the concrete multiple times
Disturbing footage has emerged showing a young black man being repeatedly punched in the head as he was pinned to the ground by police in New York.
Kevin Diaby needed stitches to close a large wound above his left eye after his head was smashed into the street as he was arrested following a minor traffic stop in Harlem Tuesday evening.
Horrified bystanders filmed the 20-year-old being held down by one NYPD officer while another repeatedly punched him in the head, leaving him in a pool of his own blood.
One onlooker named Monica, who declined to provide her last name, filmed the distressing incident.
Diaby and his sister, Fraton Diaby, 24, told activists they were in a car trying to park near the corner of Fifth Avenue and 130th Street in East Harlem around 6.30pm Tuesday.
Multiple officers approached the vehicle and confronted Kevin Diaby, the driver, for 'failing to signal' due to his hazard lights not being on.
Diaby was taken to Harlem Hospital to get the cut above his left eye stiched up before being taken to central booking. He was later released and his charges were dropped
Police said they pulled over Kevin Diaby for failure to signal before they say he shoved an officer who wrestled him to the ground and arrested him
Video of the incident shows an officer pinning Diaby on his stomach on the street and punching his head multiple times
After investigating, New York Police spokesperson Sophia Mason said officers discovered Kevin didn't have a license and his uninsured vehicle had a suspended registration.
Fraton, who was sitting in the front passenger seat when police stopped the pair, told Spectrum News she tried to reach in the car to grab her charger before police impounded the vehicle. Video shows her being shoved away by an officer.
Police said Diaby then reached in the car and shoved past the officer who was driving it to be impounded but witness Monica, who filmed the encounter, claims that is not true.
Diaby's sister, Fraton Diaby, 24, said police used excessive force on her brother. Officers claim the young man shoved one of them at the scene, but witnesses said the officer who beat Diaby was the aggressor
'The officer was the aggressor,' she told the Daily Mail via email. 'The officers were very aggressive they were using excessive force unnecessarily.'
Monica's video showed the officer pinning Kevin to the street before smashing his head into the concrete multiple times.
Multiple community activists, including Iesha Sekou of Street Corner Resources and Hawk Newsome of Black Lives Matter Greater New York, were called to the scene.
Newsome later confronted officers at the 32nd precinct and Harlem who told him Diaby had been taken to Harlem Hospital for treatment.
Spectrum News reports all charges against Diaby and his sister, including resisting arrest and obstructing government administration, have been dropped.
The family's supporters say they plan to pursue legal action against NYPD