Protesters in Canarsie demand firing of police officers at center of alleged rough arrest

Brooklyn residents took to the streets of Canarsie Saturday to speak out against a viral video that appears to show officers of the 69th Precinct making a rough arrest.

News 12 Staff

Mar 8, 2020, 12:05 AM

Updated 1,535 days ago

Share:

Brooklyn residents took to the streets of Canarsie Saturday to speak out against a viral video that appears to show officers of the 69th Precinct making a rough arrest.
Protesters marched for justice after the viral video appears to show 20-year-old Fitzroy Gayle being surrounded by NYPD officers, and being pushed to the ground as he screams out.
"We just need this to stop. It's hurting communities and it's hurting people," cried Gayle's sister, Tena Reid.
"He asked them ‘why are you detaining me?’ The officer could not answer that question. He wasn't using profanity," said community advocate Kevin McCall.
Police said they came across Gayle and another man smoking marijuana around 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 100 Percent playground on Glenwood Road, before the two men ran away.
Police said they caught one man and issued him a summons. Gayle was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, unlawful obstruction of governmental, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Protesters marched from the park where the incident allegedly happened to the 69th Precinct. The demonstrators called for the officers involved to be fired and Gayle’s charges to be dropped.
They said they're going to continue shedding light on this incident until justice is served.
Meanwhile, police said the incident is currently under internal review.


More from News 12
1:56
NYPD: 1-year-old in critical condition wasn't in car seat during Brownsville crash; drivers face charges

NYPD: 1-year-old in critical condition wasn't in car seat during Brownsville crash; drivers face charges

1:34
Warmer today in New York City; high temperatures could reach 83

Warmer today in New York City; high temperatures could reach 83

0:28
Flatlands crash flips vehicle in intersection

Flatlands crash flips vehicle in intersection

1:59
Owner of legal marijuana shop: Illegal shops close during the day and open at night to avoid inspections

Owner of legal marijuana shop: Illegal shops close during the day and open at night to avoid inspections

Power & Politics: Ask Mayor Eric Adams

Power & Politics: Ask Mayor Eric Adams

0:38
Elected officials, advocates rally to restore funding for community composting programs

Elected officials, advocates rally to restore funding for community composting programs

1:34
East New York tenant in once-leaky apartment says the rodents have taken over

East New York tenant in once-leaky apartment says the rodents have taken over

1:46
Susan Sarandon, public advocate work in Dumbo restaurant to shine light on ‘One Fair Wage’ mission

Susan Sarandon, public advocate work in Dumbo restaurant to shine light on ‘One Fair Wage’ mission

2:06
Williamsburg building owner issued violation following partial roof collapse

Williamsburg building owner issued violation following partial roof collapse

1:44
Summer is in the air: Hot week ahead in New York City

Summer is in the air: Hot week ahead in New York City

0:23
NYPD: 2 men wanted for robbing 74-year-old man at gunpoint in Sheepshead Bay

NYPD: 2 men wanted for robbing 74-year-old man at gunpoint in Sheepshead Bay

0:16
NYPD: Man fatally shot in the head in East New York; suspect at large

NYPD: Man fatally shot in the head in East New York; suspect at large

1:54
Born to run: Brooklyn man diagnosed with rare disease is back doing what he loves

Born to run: Brooklyn man diagnosed with rare disease is back doing what he loves

1:39
NYPD: 2 armed robberies involving mopeds in Brooklyn believed to be connected

NYPD: 2 armed robberies involving mopeds in Brooklyn believed to be connected

1:58
Brooklyn residents say there is an urgent need for more birth options in NYC

Brooklyn residents say there is an urgent need for more birth options in NYC

1:47
NYPD: 30-year-old man fatally shot, another injured in Brownsville

NYPD: 30-year-old man fatally shot, another injured in Brownsville

1:43
‘Ride of Silence’ takes cyclists on ghost bike tour, honors victims of traffic accidents

‘Ride of Silence’ takes cyclists on ghost bike tour, honors victims of traffic accidents

1:00
FDNY firefighter injured during Bronx house fire released from hospital

FDNY firefighter injured during Bronx house fire released from hospital

1:38
Cyclists pedal through Brooklyn during Haitian Flag Day Ride & Fête

Cyclists pedal through Brooklyn during Haitian Flag Day Ride & Fête

1:45
 Missed swim lessons due to COVID-19 may be contributing to rise in child drownings

Missed swim lessons due to COVID-19 may be contributing to rise in child drownings