Chokehold Victim Wants to 'Inconvenience the Life of the NYPD'
"He was using so much force. At first, it was just a chokehold...but then it started again, stronger and stronger. And the more I talked, the stronger it got." That was Angel Martinez's recounting of his confrontation with the NYPD in January, 2012, where he and his friends were stopped by two plainclothes police officers in Queens for riding their bikes on a sidewalk. The officers, Martinez says, slammed him into a car, punched and choked him for no apparent reason.
Between 2009 and 2013, 1,128 New Yorkers filed chokehold-related complaints with the CCRB. Martinez has also filed a federal lawsuit against the NYPD, and that's his form of justice. "It's crazy, two years from now, I'm inconveniencing your life."
When thinking about the incident, it's not anger but sadness that he feels, Martinez told us. "Whenever I'm around a cop, I just, I always think to myself, what can I be possibly doing wrong right now for them to stop me?
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