NYPD cop indicted in vicious street beatdown of NYC homeless man

An NYPD cop has been indicted over the vicious caught-on-camera beating of a drunken man in Greenwich Village two years ago, Manhattan prosecutors said Wednesday.

Officer Juan Perez, 42, was charged with assault in the third degree for allegedly pummeling the man after spotting him acting erratically and gripping a bottle of alcohol near Bleecker and Sullivan Streets on Nov. 10, 2021.

Disturbing footage posted on Twitter at the time shows Perez repeatedly punching the man as he lay on the ground, knocking him unconscious.

“Holy s–t, he’s out!” a man yells out after the knockout, while a dozen onlookers gawk, according to the video. 

“He’s not moving!” another witness screams as Perez looks at the hand he used to pummel the victim.

Perez, then an officer in the NYPD’s 6th Precinct, and his partner had encountered the man who was “acting erratically” and “holding a large bottle of liquor over his head” and who claimed two other people were harassing him, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Karl Mulloney-Radke said in court Wednesday.

The cop told the man to sit on a chair on the sidewalk and grabbed the bottle from his hand, before calling an ambulance because he believed the man, who kept trying to stand up, was intoxicated, the prosecutors said.

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