Bystanders Cheer as Queens Man Brutally Beats an Off-Duty Cop [UPDATE]
Update: The video has been removed from both Facebook and YouTube.
Original item: A video of this weekend's vicious beating of an off-duty cop has surfaced, and it is not pretty. The video shows Sergeant Mohammed Deen pummeled in the middle of the street by 29-year-old Hayden Holder.
It is unclear what started the dispute -- Holder's attorney claims it was drunken argument that escalated, according to NBC New York. It is clear, however, that it ended outside the St. John's Express restaurant in Ozone Park when Holder attacked Deen and left him bloodied and unconscious in the street, while the person filming the video laughed and cheered Holder on.
Deen is in a medically induced coma at Jamaica Hospital, according to the Daily News. Holder was charged Monday morning.
Errol Johnson posted the video to his Facebook Sunday. Viewer discretion is advised. The violence in the video, which is on the next page, is hard to overstate.
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