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NYPD suspends cop seen in video kicking restrained suspect

An NYPD officer in Brooklyn has been suspended after he was seen on a video kicking a suspect who had been resisting arrest during an altercation at the end of a weekend street fair Sunday, Commissioner William Bratton said Wednesday.

The officer, whom a police official identified as Vincent Ciardiello, was stripped of his badge and gun after the video surfaced on the Internet earlier this week, Bratton said.

"That officer has been suspended and in terms of suspension in this department that means he is relieved of his gun, his badge and his police duties," a visibly angry Bratton told reporters. "He is assigned home."

Ciardiello, who police said is assigned to the 72nd Precinct and has been a member of the NYPD since 2009, couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Bratton said trouble erupted Sunday at the close of a street fair in Sunset Park. Vendors had been given an extra hour or so beyond the normal closing time of 6 p.m. During the effort by police to clear the street, one vendor appeared on the video to get into a dispute with officers. Other civilians joined in the altercation, which eventually involved a number of officers, Bratton said.

On the video, some women appeared to join in the affray. The video also showed that it took as many as five or six officers to take down and handcuff the man, but six people were arrested on various charges, police said.

"I was very concerned by a video that was taken and the action of one of our officers who was seen kicking an individual," Bratton said, adding that the NYPD internal affairs bureau was looking into the incident.

The Brooklyn neighborhood where the incident took place has a large population of Hispanic immigrants. Top police brass, including Chief Phil Banks, plan to meet with community leaders to "aggressively" address what was seen on the video, Bratton said.

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