By Thomas Tracy
An NYPD cop caught on video throttling at least two protesters at a lower Manhattan immigration rally has been disciplined by the department, the Daily News has learned.
Police Officer Numael Amador was found guilty of “using excessive force to clear a crowd of protesters” and “failing to report an incident in which force was used,” in an departmental trial, documents acquired by The News reveal. AdvertisementRemaining Time -0:25
Amador was stripped of 30 vacation days and was bounced by the NYPD’s strategic response group, an elite team of highly trained, heavily armed cops dispatched to respond to active shooter events, potential terror attacks and scenes of civil unrest.
He was accused of grabbing a pair of protesters by the throat as he and other officers tried to push back people rallying against the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit on Jan. 11, 2018.
The demonstration began as a peaceful march outside 26 Federal Plaza, but spun out of control as news spread that immigration activist Ravi Ragbir had been detained by ICE agents for deportation.
The crowd’s anger swelled as protesters spotted an ambulance taking Ragbir away, sparking clashes with police.
Eighteen people were arrested, including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan).