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NYPD officer investigated for possible misconduct

A bystander's video posted online shows an NYPD

A bystander's video posted online shows an NYPD officer aiming his gun toward the camera, and shouting, "Back up! I'm not playing!" while wrestling with a suspect on the grounds of a Harlem apartment building Thursday, May 19, 2016. Credit: Facebook

An NYPD officer has been stripped of his gun and badge after a video surfaced of him pointing his gun at bystanders during a violent arrest in Harlem, police said.

Footage posted online shows the officer, whose name was not released, wrestling with suspect Dayshawn Bettway, 21, on the grounds of an apartment building in Harlem on Thursday night.

At one point the officer unholsters his gun and aims it toward the camera, shouting “Back up! I’m not playing!”

Another clip from the footage shows the same officer striking Jahnico Harvey, 19, in the head as he exits the building at 480 Saint Nicholas Ave., police said.

Bettway was charged with assault, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and obstruction of government administration, police said, while Harvey was charged with menacing and disorderly conduct.

Neither Bettway nor Harvey could be reached for comment Saturday. It was not clear if either had an attorney.

The officer involved works in the 32nd Precinct, the NYPD said. He has been placed on modified duty pending an investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, police said.

The chaotic scene broke out after Bettway and another man, both riding dirt bikes, began circling a pair of officers trying to ticket a driver outside the apartment building, police said.

Police then followed Bettway inside the building, where the arrests took place, officials said.

The car officers were ticketing turned out to be stolen, police said. Officers found marijuana and 25 rounds of ammunition inside the vehicle, officials said.

The car’s driver and a passenger got away.

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