Boyfriend of woman beaten off her legs by NYPD detective appears in court on drug and weapons charges… after being charged with disability and told by police ‘This is what happens when you interfere with arrest’
- Elvin James, 22, was the man Tamani Crum was trying to protect when she was beaten by a police officer on Tuesday
- James was arrested for gun and gun possession along with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer
- Crum was charged with obstruction, but she was released from custody Wednesday night
- She was filmed throwing her fists at Detective Kendo Kinsey as he tried to arrest James in Harlem
- In retaliation, Kinsey knocked her to the ground with a single punch, and video of the incident went viral
- Police unions and the mayor stand by him, saying the teen should never have interfered
- Critics of her family and the police say this is another example of police brutality and that she should sue
The boyfriend of a woman who was beaten from her legs by an NYPD officer in viral video on Tuesday quietly appeared in court overnight charged with drug and weapons offenses.
Elvin James, 22, is the man Tamani Crum was trying to protect as she faced NYPD officers in Harlem on Tuesday.
She threw her fists at Detective Kendo Kinsey, punching his head and shoulders, and in retaliation, Kinsey slapped her in the face.
The shocking interaction was filmed by a bystander and went viral on social media yesterday as another blatant example of police brutality.
But the police unions and NYC Mayor Eric Adams stand by the detective.
They say the video proves how brazen criminals have gotten and that the young woman should never have tried to interfere.
She was charged with obstruction and was released from custody last night after appearing in court. She will return to court on October 11. Her boyfriend remains behind bars on $300,000 in cash bail.
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Elvin James will face trial on gun and drug charges Thursday night. His girlfriend Tamani Crum, 19, was charged with obstruction
James is the man Tamani Crum was trying to protect when she started punching NYPD Detective Kendo Kinsey in this viral video Tuesday
The Detective Endowment’s Association – one of the largest police unions in the country – stood by the detective.
In a statement last night, Union President Paul DiGiacomo said: “Criminals in New York have grown accustomed to the fact that there are no consequences for their dangerous, illegal actions – except when you attack a New York detective to disrupt the arrest of a man armed with.” of a weapon there are repercussions.
“We urge politicians to open their eyes and see the public safety disaster they have created.”
Kinsey then attempted to arrest James on suspicion of attempted murder.
The circumstances of this case remain unclear, but it is believed that James was among a group of men involved in a shooting on August 12.
Crum’s family has complained about police brutality and ill-treatment. They say they plan to sue the city and they are being aided in their crusade by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Yesterday he said Kinsey “brazenly punched” the woman.
DiGiacomo replied Thursday, “As for Al Sharpton’s insane comments, he should be worried about the thousands of actual crime victims in this city and not the limelight and the lining of his pocket.”
Tamani Crum appears in Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday night after the video went viral
Crum in court Wednesday night. She has now been released from custody after being charged with disability
Tamani Crum hugs her mother after being released from custody yesterday. She has been charged with obstruction and will appear in court in October
In an interview Wednesday night, Tamani’s mother told NBC that she “never should have been treated” the way she was treated by the officer. The 19-year-old is pictured above
Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith, the spokeswoman for the National Police Association and a former police officer who spent 30 years in law enforcement on the outskirts of Chicago, told DailyMail.com any outrage should be directed at Crum, not the officer.
“Tamani Crum, a 19-year-old adult, made the decision to put herself in a very dangerous situation when NYPD detectives and officers attempted to apprehend a wanted murder suspect who was armed with a loaded firearm. The video shows that she interfered with a lawful arrest.
‘Det. Kinsey initially tried to distract her and push her out of the way, but she persisted and grabbed his arm, leaving him with no choice but to escalate his use of force.
“Politicians in New York constantly talk about reducing gun crime, but in cases like this all they do is increase it.
“We hope that the Detectives Endowment Association will pursue the civil action it is considering. Law enforcement officials in New York and elsewhere in many cities find themselves the victims of constant and unnecessary attacks, often with no consequences for the perpetrators.
“Outrage in this case should be directed at Tamani Crum for attempting to thwart the arrest of a dangerous gun criminal, Al Sharpton for threatening a lawsuit, and the decision to indict Det. Kinsey with a felony for simply protecting his community and getting his job done. Enough is enough.’
Professor Keith Taylor, formerly the New York City Police Department’s Department of Internal Affairs, told CBS the video showed Kinsey’s actions were “horrific but lawful.”
“She is actively engaging, which in this case is an attack on the officer. He answers in the same way. We need to let the investigators do their job and see any additional information.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11169393/Pictured-Tamani-Crums-boyfriend-NYPD-trying-arrest-punched.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Pictured: Tamani Crum’s boyfriend who the NYPD was about to arrest when she was being beaten