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A recently released video depicts an alleged incident of police brutality in Brooklyn, in which a plainclothes officer seemingly knocks a Black teenager, Marcel Hamer, unconscious as the boy’s friends look on.

According to reports, the incident occurred on June 4 when the New York Police Department officer believed Hamer had been smoking marijuana in public. In the video, released by the boy’s family, the teenager is seen lying on the ground with the police officer standing over him and ordering the young man to turn around, according to New York magazine.

As the teenager screams that it was only a cigarette, the video appears to show a partially obscured punch to Hamer’s jaw. Hamer is then seen holding his jaw before going limp as the officer, who has not been identified, forces him over onto his stomach and handcuffs him.

Nothing in the video indicates that Hamer posed any sort of physical threat to the officer, and the punch appears to be delivered solely due to Hamer’s failure to turn over onto his stomach as the officer directed. According to a report in The Brooklyn Paper, Hamer’s lawyers said that prior to the beginning of the video, Hamer was knocked over by the officer and struck his arm on a railing, rendering it immobile.

Hamer’s mother, Mary Hamer, told the Paper that since the incident her son “is always complaining of headaches and he cannot remember things.”

The report also noted that Hamer has suffered dizziness. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, headaches, dizziness, and memory loss are all symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury.

The NYPD said that their Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the incident, which resulted in charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct for the teenager. Hamer pleaded guilty to the charges.

ralejandro@afro.com