Yonkers sergeant who failed to stop two brothers from beating a man was released to modified duty
A Yonkers police sergeant who did almost nothing to stop two brothers from beating a victim as he lay on the ground has been placed on modified duty, city police said.
In several tweets posted, Yonkers police rejected Sgt. Amy Kielb’s apparent inaction as two men punched, kicked and struggled with a subject on October 25, all filmed by a security camera.
In the images that were obtained by the New York Post, the sergeant can be seen getting out of a double-parked patrol car and saying something to the brothers, but without preventing them from continuing to hit the victim.
“The Yonkers Police Sergeant who initially responded has had her duty status changed and has been placed in an administrative capacity pending the outcome of the internal investigation,” the department tweeted.
“The Yonkers Police Department trains and expects its members to respond and take appropriate and necessary action in situations like these, and it is clear from the video that it did not happen; due process will determine why.”
“We hold ourselves and our members accountable and will take steps to maintain the highest standards and professionalism.”
The audiovisual material shows the victim with a face full of blood falling to the floor while the two brothers continued with the savage attack.
Kielb also pauses for a moment before telling one of the men to back off and grabs the other’s arm as he continues to beat the victim.
Jonathan Teelin, 26, and his brother Felix Teelin, 22, were charged with felony assault, according to authorities. The attack stemmed from a dispute that spilled into the street from a local bar, police said.
The 26-year-old victim, a Yonkers resident, is expected to recover from his injuries.
In the first statement issued by the Yonkers police, they stated that their investigation was “conducting an internal investigation into the initial police response,” but did not divulge any further details.
A spokesman for the department said in an email that Kielb, an 11-year veteran of the force, was placed on modified duty Friday pending the internal investigation.
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