Although the incident took place on Oct. 8, footage from the center's surveillance camera has just been released. It shows one officer punching the man while another strikes him with a baton.
A week ago, police were called to the Alternative Living Institute for Young Adults (Aliya), located in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, New York. The call was made by a volunteer security guard who found a man sleeping on a sofa at the center.
Two officers arrived and woke the man up. After he stood up, the security guard enters the room and the man, identified as Ehud Halevi, gets into an animated discussion with the guard and the officers. Halevi is telling them that he has permission to sleep at the Jewish center.
The security guard leaves the room and the discussion continues. At one point, the female officer walks behind Halevi while her male partner takes out his handcuffs. When the male officer approaches him, Halevi can be seen on the video pushing him away.
After some pushing the male officer strikes a fighting pose and then both police officers manage to throw Halevi down on a couch. At one point, the male officer strikes Halevi with a number of blows while the female officer pulls out a baton and hits the shirtless man a few times with it. It appears that the woman also either pepper sprayed Halevi while he was on the couch or was attempting to pepper spray him.
The beating on video goes on for about two minutes and ends when other police officers run into the room and manage to subdue Halevi who is then handcuffed.
Crown Heights info reports the Alyia Institute confirms that Halevi, an Israeli, had permission to sleep at the center for troubled youth and had been staying there for about a month. The security guard, Zlamy Trappler, is quoted in the New York Daily News as saying, "I regret making the call. I should have let him sleep. It spiraled out of control."
Fox News NY reports the NYPD as saying Halevi was threatening to fight the officers. Police also claim this Israeli was sleeping in the women's section of the Alyia Institute.
Halevi was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, harassment, and trespassing. He has been released on bail.