David Afanador Wiki – David Afanador Biography
David Afanador is a New York City police officer who put a man in a chokehold to arrest. The chokehold lasted for several seconds and took place at the same time that three other officers were holding the man down and keeping one of his arms behind his back. In body camera footage of the arrest of a man who was left unconscious after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold. The chokehold lasted for several seconds and took place at the same time that three other officers were holding the man down and keeping one of his arms behind his back.
David Afanador has been an officer since January 2005, according to CAPstat, a website that collects data on New York police officers’ names, salaries, conduct histories and other data.
In 2009, Afanador was named along with several other officers in “Williams v. City of New York et al.” In the complaint, Ranique Williams alleged that the officers targeted her while she was filming them performing a strip:
In retaliation, during the false arrest of plaintiff, defendants P.O. Rodriguez, P.O. Afanador, P.O.
Farrell, P.O. Davis, and P.O. Murphy committed excessive force against plaintiff by maliciously, gratuitously, and
unnecessarily pushing plaintiff, slapping plaintiff’s phone from his hand, grabbing plaintiff, repeatedly striking plaintiff in face and head, twisting plaintiff’s arms, placing excessively tight handcuffs on plaintiff’s wrists, lifting plaintiff from the ground by his handcuffs, yanking the chain of plaintiff’s handcuffs, punching plaintiff in the face while handcuffed and in a police vehicle, and pulling the hood of plaintiff’s sweat jacket over his head.
… In addition … unnecessarily dragging plaintiff from the police vehicle, and throwing him into a cell while he was handcuffed.
The case was dismissed in 2010.
In 2015, Afanador was also named in another lawsuit, “Jack et al v. City of New York et al,” wherein he was named as one of three plainclothes officers who were involved in what was alleged to be a “warrantless” search.
According to the complaint listed in court documents, Charlene Jack alleged that she was told “Shut the f**k up you black b***h” and “slammed … into an adjoining wall.” She also said her sister was being shoved and a male who had arrived and asked the officers to stop was slammed to the ground and cuffed. Jack said none of the officers identified themselves.
Four other officers, the complaint alleged, “were assaulted and thrown to the floor, placed in cuffs and had guns placed to their heads.” The complaint further alleged property damaged:
Additional officers came in and ransacked the apartment. Doors were broken, the living room was upturned, and all of (the) plaintiffs’ possessions were removed from drawers and thrown on the floor and into the hallway. The officers found no weapons and no floor and into the hallway. The officers found no weapons and no contraband. The officers did not have a warrant.
All charges against Jack and the others arrested were dismissed, according to the court documents, and a dismissal document from 2016 implies that the lawsuit was settled. According to CAPstat, the case was settled for $70,000.
In 2015, Afanador was sued by Thomas Stevens, the father of Kaheem Tribble, who was a minor at the time that Stevens alleged Afanador and another officer, Tyrane Isaac, battered him. According to the New York Post, the two chased Tribble before he was cornered:
The video then shows a man ID’d as Isaacs and taking a swing at the teen, and Afanador lunging forward, gun drawn. Tribble testified the service weapon hit him in the mouth, breaking his two bottom teeth.
Afanador was also brought up on criminal charges by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that Isaac, according to the district attorney, punched Tribble several times in the face while he was down on the ground:
The longer video clip, the investigation further revealed, allegedly shows that Afanador was locating and retrieving a bag of marijuana that Tribble allegedly tossed before running away, approaching the teen with the bag and allegedly striking him in the face with it.
Afanador and Isaac were found not guilty by a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge in 2016.
David Afanador Body Cam Footage
The arrest occurred in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Brooklyn and is the latest in a string of use of force incidents that have put the NYPD under scrutiny.
A 29-second video of the incident posted on Twitter appeared to show the officer holding the man in a chokehold for several seconds until another officer taps him on the shoulder and he releases it; by that time, the man on the ground appears to be unconscious.
According to the NYPD, the incident happened in the 100th Precinct on Sunday, June 21 and they released 35 minutes of body camera footage that shows what led to the man being pinned by officers and what happened afterward.
City Councilman Candidate Anthony Beckford has already called for the officer in the video to be fired and charged. Beckford identified the officer as David Afanador.
At the beginning of the video, the footage shows officers arrive at a scene where at least four other officers are standing and having a conversation with someone wearing a black wifebeater.
They came up to me to ask me to stop what I was doing,” he says.
When police ask if he knows a particular person, he says no. When they ask him where he lives, he begins to get agitated and asks why they have to ask questions like that.
“I live right here. You don’t have to ask me that question,” he says before he eventually says, “I don’t want to talk to you anymore, man.”
The police seem to move past the first man and onto a second man, who is pacing and says that he has gone live on social media.
One of the officers tell the man, “Stop moving. Another began putting his glove on,” which the second man refuses to do. The second man, shirtless and wearing khaki pants, said,
“Yeah, put those gloves on so there will be no forensics when you try to kill me, right? Yeah, get those gloves on,” he says.
One of the officers seems to remember the man from an earlier county.
He says, “He was out here the other day, he was the guy, the brother, he was the brother from the 39 (unintelligible). Remember he backed us? He was throwing the bottle s or whatever. THat’s him,” he says after another audible gasp.
“Have a good day,” one of the officers call out to the three men, one of whom will end up on the concrete.
As they stand back swearing at police, one of the officers says, “Aw man, this is fun.” An officer also says, “You know you’re all on video, right?”