As officials investigate two instances of alleged police brutality caught on tape, the NYPD commissioner announced Wednesday that New Yorkers will soon be able to send their pictures and video of such incidents right to the department for review.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the program will be up and running in the next two months, but text messaging capability could be set up as early as next week.
“When people can record an event taking place, that helps us during an investigation. It’s helpful,” said Kelly.
The news came as the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association jumped to the defense Wednesday of another officer caught on tape using force against a pedestrian.
The latest video shows Officer Maurice Harrington hitting 46-year-old Michael Cephus several times with a baton as he was arresting him in Lower Manhattan on July 4th.