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June 20, 2019

SEE IT: Baton-wielding cops club two men in wild melee in Washington Heights

January 9, 2019

Two men have been arrested following a wild melee between baton-wielding cops and civilians caught on video Tuesday in Washington Heights.

Two men were beaten with batons during a wild confrontation with cops in Washington Heights, sparking an NYPD review, officials said Wednesday.

The brawl erupted about 2:30 p.m. after straphangers complained that Aaron Griessom, 36, and Sidney Williams, 37, were smoking and bothering people on subway station stairs at Broadway and 169th St. , police said.


In the video, NYPD transit cops are seen arguing with the men. One officer pulls an expandable baton and whacks one of the men on the head and shoulder.

Meanwhile, the other suspect takes off and is tackled by a second officer. They wrestle on the ground, while a plainclothes officer runs out to help the cops, throwing at least one kick to the side of the man on the ground.

Officers hit the second man at least 16 times with batons on the head and torso. Blood pools on the sidewalk.

The NYPD is reviewing the incident.

Griessom, of the Bronx, was charged with assault, resisting arrest, menacing, and other charges. He has prior arrests for menacing in December 2018 and September 2017.

Sidney Williams, of Brooklyn was charged with assault, resisting arrest, aggravated harassment, menacing and other charges.

The cops were treated and released at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Greissom and Williams were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital with pain and bruising, officials said. Williams had a nose injury, police said.

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