wo police officers repeatedly pummeled a shirtless man in a Jewish youth center in Brooklyn after they roused him from sleeping and moved to arrest him, surveillance video released Sunday night shows. Cops showed up at the Aliya Institute on E. New York Ave. in Crown Heights on the evening of Oct. 8 after receiving a call about a fight between two men, a community source told the Daily News. But Zlamy Trappler, 24, a volunteer security guard at the center, said he called cops because he found the shirtless man drunk and sleeping in the lounge of the center, which provides services to young Jewish adults.
A surveillance video at a Jewish youth center in Crown Heights captured two NYPD officers brutally beating a shirtless man after he was seen resisting arrest.
The Daily News reports a security guard at the Aliya Institute found the man sleeping in the center's lounge last Monday. Zlamy Trappler, 24, said he suspected him of being drunk and called police.
According to the video, two officers, one male and one female, arrived at the scene and then approached the sleeping man, identified by CrownHeights.info 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 begins to punch him in a sustained beating that lasts for a few minutes.
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."