Police cruiser video released of controversial Schenectady arrest

Jill Konopka & WNYT Staff
Updated: July 10, 2020 10:04 PM
Created: July 10, 2020 07:24 PM

Schenectady police released more video Friday of a controversial arrest earlier in the week.

The man arrested during the incident continues to deny any wrongdoing.

Police say Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud resisted arrest on Brandywine Avenue. He was accused of slashing a neighbor's tires.

Cellphone video circulating online appeared to show Patrolman Brian Pommer putting his knee on the face and neck of Gaindarpersaud.

The new video released on Friday is from inside the police cruiser following the suspect's arrest. He asks for paramedics at point.

Derek Andrews, the attorney for the Schenectady suspect, released the following statement to NewsChannel 13:

My client stands by his statement that he lost consciousness while being transported from the scene. Keep in mind that that followed the attack by Officer Pommer and after he had been roughly thrown into the police cruiser by other Schenectady PD officers. He was eventually taken to a hospital for treatment.

As for "Chris Persaud", natives of the West Indies, such as Guyana, have "book names" for things like birth certificates, and they have "call names" that are shorter and usually given by the family. In Yugeshwar’s, his family called him Chris.

See more of the video and hear reaction from the mayor and police chief by watching the video of Jill Konopka's story.

You can see the full police cruiser video here.

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