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NYPD cop may have used chokehold to tackle skater (VIDEO)

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 5:52 PM

An NYPD cop wrestled a skateboarder to the ground — possibly putting him into a banned chokehold — as he tried to ticket him in Columbus Circle, a startling video shows.

The video, released by 22-year-old Yibin Mu on YouTube Monday, shows a cop aggressivley locking his arms around head and taking him to the ground.

The cop then forces Mu flat on his stomach, sits on him and pepper sprays the skateboarder as he tries to cuff his hands, the video shows.

A brutal takedown of skateboarder Yibin Mu was caught on video at Columbus Circle. Yibin Mu/via YouTube

A brutal takedown of skateboarder Yibin Mu was caught on video at Columbus Circle.

Enlarge Mu, the 22-year-old skateboarder being taken down in the video, claims the officer had him in an illegal chokehold during the takedown. Yibin Mu/via YouTube

Mu, the 22-year-old skateboarder being taken down in the video, claims the officer had him in an illegal chokehold during the takedown.

Enlarge The NYPD cop brought Mu down for skateboarding in Columbus Circle, which is not allowed. A police spokesperson said there are signs all around the area stating so, and Mu “refused to sit down and ignored” the officer. Yibin Mu/via YouTube

The NYPD cop brought Mu down for skateboarding in Columbus Circle, which is not allowed. A police spokesperson said there are signs all around the area stating so, and Mu “refused to sit down and ignored” the officer.

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Mu, the 22-year-old skateboarder being taken down in the video, claims the officer had him in an illegal chokehold during the takedown

“What did I do wrong?” Mu can be heard asking the cop. “What is my crime?”

SPRING VALLEY STUDENT STRUCK OFFICER IN THIRD VIDEO: SHERIFF

Pedestrians who witnessed the arrest — which unfolded Sunday at about 5 p.m., according to court records — were astounded.

“Yo! Yo!” one person was heard screaming.

“Here we go again,” another said.

The cop may have used a banned chokehold to bring Mu down, a move that has been banned for decades, though the manuever was used in the death of Eric Garner down in 2014.Yibin Mu/via YouTube

In comments posted with the video, Mu said that the cop grabbed him “without warning” and put him in a chokehold.

“The police officer used one hand to grab my forearm and the other hand to grab the back of my neck,” he wrote. “He then put me in a chokehold and this is what happened next. I was nonagressive the entire time. I’m tired of abusive cops.”

A request for comment to the NYPD was not immediately returned.

A police spokesman told Gothamist that the officer stopped Mu to give him a ticket for skateboarding at Columbus Circle — which is prohibited — but that Mu “refused to sit down and ignored him.”

There are six signs posted around Columbus Circle alerting skateboarders that to get off the board or stay clear of the area, the spokesman said.

Mu was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to comply with posted signs — all misdemeanors, officials said.

He was released on his own recognizance at his arraignment Monday, according to court records.

Chokeholds have been banned by the NYPD for more than two decades, though the maneuver was used in the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner in July, 2014, officials said.

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