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VIDEO: Man Who Accused Cop Of Chokehold Arrested For Hate Crime Robbery

Bronx, NY – A man whose arrest on a Rockaway Beach boardwalk led to the charging of an officer for using a newly-prohibited chokehold was arrested for hate crimes on Tuesday after he allegedly robbed and slashed two gay men.

The incident occurred at about noon on July 7 near 3rd and Brook Avenues in the Bronx, WABC reported.

The two male victims told police that 35-year-old Ricky Bellevue and 28-year-old Trevel Parris approached them and began hurling homophobic slurs.

Police said Bellevue showed the men a box cutter and tried to steal one of the men’s bags, WNBC reported.

Bellevue allegedly slashed the man in the face and hands in the struggle over the bag.

Police said Bellevue was arrested at the scene and transported to Lincoln Hospital for treatment to a cut on his eyebrow, WABC reported.

He has been charged with robbery as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, harassment stalking, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

His accomplice, Parris, was also facing multiple charges in connection with the attack and robbery, WABC reported.

Bellevue achieved notoriety in June after a video of his arrest on a boardwalk in Queens on June 21st went viral.

Bodycam video of the incident showed the suspect – later identified by his attorney as Ricky Bellevue – and two other two other men taunting officers for several minutes, the New York Daily News reported.

In the video, the officers laugh it off and suggest they go and have a nice day on the beach.

“Listen, they told y’all to go and go enjoy the beach, right? Go have a good day?” one of the officers suggested.

“He can’t tell me where to go!” one of the men screamed at the officer.

“But you can just go enjoy yourself,” the officer replied in the video.

“F–k off,” Bellevue told the officer as he entered the video frame.

Then Bellevue and the other man proceeded to hurl a couple of minutes of obscene and nonsensical insults at the police officers.

The video showed Bellevue stepped up into the officer’s face more than once threatening him but the officer remained calm.

“Don’t you touch me, ni–a, or touch any of my boys and you’re dead,” Bellevue told the officers in a menacing tone and then lifted his hand to making a shooting gesture at them.

At that point, his friend intervened and tried to tell Bellevue that they shouldn’t threaten the police.

He appeared to distance himself from Bellevue as that man continued to threaten officers from a greater distance.

“That’s one thing I don’t do,” the man said in the video.

Multiple times, the three men behaved aggressively toward the officers, but the officers mostly didn’t react.

In the bodycam NYPD Officer David Afanador repeatedly asked a shirtless, mask-less man filming him from just a couple of feet away to “back up,” and gave him a slight push back when the man again got in his face.

“Confederate-flag-wearing motherf—-er son, what’s your name?… Go ahead, say something stupid. Say something stupid,” the man filming taunted the officer.

Moments later, Bellevue approached the officers again in an aggressive stance.

“You scared, you scared?” Bellevue asked the cops in the video.

The friend tried to intervene again but that’s when Officer Afanador grabbed Bellevue and officers put the menacing man on the ground.

Bodycam video showed four officers holding Bellevue down as one applied handcuffs.

In the video, Officer Afanador appears to have his arms around Bellevue’s neck.

Bodycam video showed the suspect’s friend started screaming at the officers.

“Y’all stop choking him, bro,” one friend yelled. “Yo! Stop choking him! Yo, he’s choking him, let him go, bro. Let him go!”

The officers stood Bellevue up and his friend continued to yell at the officers that they were choking him even after the suspect was being walked away to the police car, the video showed.

Bellevue initially declined medical attention at the scene, the New York Daily News reported.

“They were all talking all types of crazy stuff to us. We did nothing. I don’t care. Anybody can say whatever they want to us,” Officer Afanador told a woman at the scene. “What changed everything is when he grabbed something and squared off, and was gonna hit my officer who’s standing over there.”

“That’s when everything changed. The minute I saw him flex on him, that’s when he goes down, cause we don’t get hurt and we’re not gonna leave somebody violent out here who might do that to one of you or another innocent person,” the officer further explained.

Bellevue’s twin brother, Ashley, told police that his brother is bipolar and his outpatient treatment program was shut down because of coronavirus, the New York Daily News reported.

The suspect was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest, according to his attorney, Lori Zeno of Queens Defenders.

However, the tables quickly turned and Bellevue was released while Officer Afanador was charged with attempted strangulation and second-degree strangulation under New York’s new anti-chokehold law, WABC reported.

“The ink from the pen Governor Cuomo used to sign this legislation was barely dry before this officer allegedly employed the very tactic the new law was designed to prohibit,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “Police officers are entrusted to serve and protect, and the conduct alleged here cannot be tolerated. This police officer is now a defendant and is accused of using a chokehold, a maneuver we know has been lethal.”

Officer Afanador was released on his own recognizance and ordered to surrender his passport, WABC reported.

The lawyer who is representing Bellevue in that incident said the fact he was arrested for slashing people on Tuesday doesn’t mean he isn’t still a victim of NYPD, WNBC reported.

Bellevue is “still a victim, he’s a victim of an illegal chokehold, this doesn’t change that,” attorney Sanford Rubenstein said.

Rubenstein said his client suffered from mental health issues and had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital by his family in June, WNBC reported.

He was discharged a week before the slashing attack on his robbery victims.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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