A man strangled by a New York City police officer on June 21 in Queens was arrested in the Bronx on Tuesday and charged with hate crime.
According to the Daily Mail, Ricky Bellevue and another man approached a gay couple on the sidewalk on East 149th Street and 3rd Avenue on Tuesday around noon. The 35-year-old reportedly followed the couple up the street and yelled at them with homophobic insults. He also reportedly swung a box cutter and tried to grab one of her designer bags. Then a fight broke out.
One of the gay men had a stomach and both hands of Bellevue's box cutter and was being treated for minor injuries. After his arrest, Bellevue was charged with robbery as a hate crime and taken to Lincoln Hospital, where he was put on suicide watch, according to the Daily Mail.
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The chokehold used on Bellevue was filmed by a viewer and then viralized. Two weeks ago, the NYPD suspended the officer for knocking Bellevue to the ground and using the chokehold that Governor Andrew Cuomo had banned eight days earlier.
"Accountability in policing is essential," wrote Dermot Shea, NYPD commissioner, in a tweet about the use of violence by officials. "After a rapid investigation by the Home Affairs Bureau, a policeman involved in an apparently disturbing Chokehold incident in Queens was suspended without pay."
He continued: “While a full investigation is ongoing, there is no question in my mind that this immediate action is necessary. We are committed to transparency as this process continues. "
The New York Daily News report that the suspended officer is David Afanador.