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  • 24 July 2014, 14:50

Another 'Chokehold' Arrest Sparks NYPD Probe

A new video of New York City police apparently using a chokehold has emerged, as a funeral was held for another man who was allegedly subjected to the banned restraining technique.

The NYPD has launched an internal investigation after mobile phone footage surfaced of an officer with his arm held around the neck of a suspected fare dodger.

Police said the arrest happened on July 14 at a subway station in Harlem, when Ronald Johns was stopped after walking through a gate without paying.

During the video, the officer also appears to jab the 22-year-old detainee. 

An onlooker can be heard saying: "There ain't no need for no punching!"

Bystanders comment that the suspect is bleeding and urge him to stop resisting arrest.

"Yo, young blood, they got you!" says a man.

Johns was charged with fare evasion, resisting arrest and criminal trespass, said police.

Last week, Eric Garner, 43, suffered a fatal heart attack in police custody after being detained for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes on Staten Island.

In footage of the July 17 arrest, the father-of-six could be heard shouting "I can't breathe!" as he was held in an apparent chokehold on the pavement.

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton called on Wednesday for two of the officers involved to be prosecuted.

His funeral oration drew cheers from hundreds of church mourners.

The two officers have been assigned to desk duty pending an investigation, police said.

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