A disorderly conduct arrest in Brooklyn that escalated into a chaotic struggle between a half dozen cops and and a hulking 6-foot-3 suspect — all caught on video — has prompted an NYPD review of why a supervisor never left his police cruiser to direct the botched apprehension.
The department will look into the sergeant’s actions during the Tuesday bust in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
According to a six-minute recording of the scene acquired by the Daily News, the supervising sergeant apparently ordered his officers to let suspect Dominique Nicholson go, but they either didn’t hear or ignored the order. The supervisor never got out of his cruiser to have Nicholson released.
“This is all because the sergeant could not contain or control his felons or assess the situation correctly,” the witness recording the video said as he narrated the scene.
The incident unfolded when cops were called to Parkside Ave. and Parkside Place after getting repeated complaints about public drinking and marijuana smoking in the area.
The officers arrived about 1:40 p.m. and were dispersing a rowdy crowd when Nicholson began to act out, cops said. The officers tried to take Nicholson into custody, but he pushed back.
“What am I being arrested for,” Nicholson can be heard screaming in the video as he repeatedly pulled his hand away from the five officers attempting to handcuff him. “I know my rights, you can’t just f—- arrest me, alright?”
The crowd watching the arrest then tell the officers their sergeant had ordered them to let Nicholson go. The officers continue with the arrest, the video shows.
“The sergeant said let him go, what are you doing?” one witness asks.
“Your sergeant is calling you… abide by your sergeant,” the narrator urges.
The supervisor, who remained in the cop cruiser, is never seen on camera giving the order.
Meanwhile, Nicholson grabs a fence and cops strain to pull his hands behind his back.
“Help… f—– help!” Nicholson screams during the struggle.
The cops ultimately knock Nicholson to the ground, roll him on his stomach and handcuff his hands. Yet he still wouldn’t cooperate, the video shows. Officers had to grab him by his chest and legs and carry him to an awaiting SUV.
Nicholson, who had several warrants, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said. As second man at the scene got a summons for disorderly conduct.
The video outraged members of law enforcement, who believe the sergeant should have taken charge of the situation — or at least got out of his car.
“The sergeant hid in the RMP,” said one retired NYPD officer who watched the video. “He saw the whole thing escalate and hid in the car as that mob closed in and tried to intimidate the cops from affecting a lawful arrest.”
An NYPD source with knowledge of the case said the sergeant couldn’t leave the police cruiser and address Nicholson’s arrest because he was watching the other suspect, who was already handcuffed and in custody.
“The actions of the supervisor on scene are under review,” the NYPD spokeswoman said.