A New York police officer was arrested Tuesday after he was caught on video hitting a man with a baton and kicking him while he was handcuffed in a brawl at an elementary school in a Queens neighborhood, authorities said.
Officers responded to a report of a fight between students and parents at the Pequot Elementary School in the Bronx around 6:20 p.m.
Tuesday, and the officer who responded told a deputy that a student had been thrown to the ground by a student in the hall, police said in a news release.
The officer then allegedly kicked the suspect, who then ran from the school, police spokesman Daniel Pallotta said.
When officers arrived, the officer found the suspect had fallen on the ground, Pallotta added.
The student, identified by the police department as 18-year-old Jesse D. Martinez, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital for treatment of his injuries, Pallott said.
He has not been charged.
Police did not release details about the student, but said he is an honors student who attended the school from seventh through 12th grades.
The school was founded in 1894.
Police have not released details about Martinez, but the school’s president and principal, the Rev. Thomas J. DiPietro, said in an interview that Martinez was not the one who threw the student to the floor.
DiPietros’ church has a history of dealing with students who are “incorrectly convicted,” he said.
“This is not a case of one person being punished for what they have done, but what the community has done to address this problem.”
Pallotta said police have not received any reports of additional violence from the brawl, and no one else was injured.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call police at (212) 686-4100.