Advocates demand cop who punched teen lose job

Advocates demand cop who punched teen lose job
Photo by Todd Maisel

Protestors rallied on Monday to demand the NYPD fire the cop filmed beating a teenager at a Downtown Brooklyn subway station last month.

“We will not stand for the injustice of a child, any child being brutalized by the NYPD,” said Rev. Kevin McCall. “We will not stop until this officer is removed from the force, he needs to be fired.”

McCall and attorney Sanford Rubenstein led about a dozens advocates on a march from the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station — where a viral video shows one of New York’s Finest slugging 15-year-old Benjamin Marshall amid a wild brawl on Oct. 25 — flanked by a much larger police escort to the 84th Precinct.

The advocates were also joined by Marshal’s parents, Anthony and Victoria Noel, who claimed their boy was traumatised by the beating he received.

Rubenstein — who is representing Marshall in a $5 million civil suit against the city — said the teenage Science Skills High School student was not involved in the fight, but was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“[Marshall] was the victim of excessive use of force by a police officer who punched him in the face multiple times without any justification,” Rubenstein said.

The Monday’s march followed a much larger protest on Friday, when more than a thousand demonstrators marched throughout Downtown Brooklyn, stopping traffic and allegedly vandalizing cop cars.

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Benjamin Marshall’s parents say he was traumatized by the beating.
Photo by Todd Maisel