Who is David Afanador? NYPD Officer Performs Illegal Chokehold on a Black Man
David Afanador, Badge # 31730 of the NYPD 100th Precinct has been identified as the New York City police officer performing an Illegal modern-day lynching chokehold on a Black Man until he was unconscious at Far Rockaway Beach in a viral video.
The man was left unconscious after the chokehold as three other officers held him down and held one of his arms behind his back. 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.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced that the officer involved has since been suspended without pay.
Accountability in policing is essential. After a swift investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, a police officer involved in a disturbing apparent chokehold incident in Queens has been suspended without pay. https://t.co/pAFUo0zxnc
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) June 21, 2020
The Incident was Captured on Video
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.
Officer Afanador, Badge # 31730 of the @NYPD100Pct @NYPDnews at Far Rockaway Beach performing an Illegal modern day lynching chokehold on a Black Man until he was unconscious. I demand his immediate firing & criminal charges for breaking the city & state ban. #DefundThePolice pic.twitter.com/wtAmYWxIbE
— Anthony Beckford (City Council Candidate)🌹 (@Vote4Beckford) June 21, 2020
“Yo, stop choking him, bro!” “Yeah, he’s choking him.” “Let him go!”
Those were some of the comments that could be heard as the man’s neck was in a chokehold. One of the other officers pats the officer Beckford identified as Afanador on the back and he releases the hold.
After the officer stands up, an observer says, “Look at this, he’s out. Look at him, officer.”
The officer tells him, “Back off.” “Yeah, f**k you. F**k you, Alfredo. F**k you,” the observer says before calling the officer an LGBTQ slur.
With three other officers on the scene and the man at least partially pinned to the ground, the reason for the chokehold is unclear.
According to the NYPD, the incident happened in the 100th Precinct on Sunday, June 21. The NYPD has since released body camera footage of the incident. The 35-minute body cam video can be watched below:
David Afanador has been an officer since January 2005 and has Past Lawsuits
David Afanador has been an officer since January 2005, according to CAPstat. 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.
The complaint listed in court documents shows the plaintiff, 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.