Multiple videos have surfaced online showing an officer with the New York Police Department violently shoving and choking protesters during a demonstration in protest of the detainment of an immigration rights activist.
One Twitter user posted a video compiling cell phone footage from bystanders that shows the officer walking up to two different individuals who were not threatening him – appearing to choose them as random targets from the crowd – and choking them for no apparent reason.
The protest began after Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant from Trinidad and executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York, arrived at the federal building for a check-in with ICE officials and was detained.
A crowd of nearly 300 people gathered outside the building in protest of Ragbir’s detainment. The Hill reported that Ragbir has been “contesting a deportation order since 2006 and was granted prosecutorial discretion,” which means that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “delays execution of a final order of deportation for immigrants who are considered low priority.”