The Black teenager who was seen being punched by an NYPD officer on camera during a subway brawl has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the city and the police department.
Benjamin Marshall, 15, and his parents filed the civil lawsuit on Wednesday at the Family Court in Brooklyn, according to Attorney Sanford Rubenstein.
Officers were called to Jay Street after receiving reports that two large groups were fighting. The cops followed them into the nearby subway station, where the 15-year-old allegedly made physical contact with an officer.
NBC News reports that three 18-year-old men were charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct.
An unidentified girl, 16, was charged with reckless endangerment, and Marshall was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct.
"The officer who punched the two teens should immediately be placed on modified assignment until a complete investigation can be carried out. At best, his actions were off base and reflect poorly on the men and women of the NYPD," Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said.
"I am also concerned about what led up to this melee. Reports indicate a group of teens were assaulting a young lady, which led to a teen spraying mace throughout the station. We can't have innocent people placed in harm's way from police or civilians," Adams concluded.
"The officer involved is on non-enforcement duties. But first and foremost. There shouldn't be fighting on the platforms, especially teenagers, because it's an unsafe place," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said.