Man Accused of Stealing Pizza Slice Is Punched in the Head by Police After He Surrenders

A criminal complaint describes the man as resisting arrest, but the footage suggests otherwise
Man Accused of Stealing Pizza Slice Is Punched in the Head by Police After He Surrenders

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The man was attacked by two police officers who found him in a nearby deli. 

A 24-year-old man accused of stealing a pizza slice from New York Fried Chicken on Saratoga Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, was videotaped being punched in the head by police, even though he had already raised his hands in surrender.

The video, obtained by NBC, shows Thomas Jennings being confronted by police in a nearby deli. In the footage, Jenner has his hands up, but is attacked by two police officers, one of whom punches him in the head, and another who hits him with a baton.

Jennings told the New York Daily News that he had stepped outside the restaurant to borrow money from someone to cover the cost of his $3 pizza. The criminal complaint, however, alleges that an unidentified man pulled out a switchblade and told the employee that he wouldn’t pay, and that both men ran from the store with the pizza, as well as salt and pepper shakers.

In the complaint, Jennings is also described as resisting arrest. The case, including the footage, is reportedly under investigation by the district attorney’s office. 

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