In the early morning of New Years Day white frat boys jumped a man of color in downtown Binghamton. Police stood by and watched—white students fighting downtown is not uncommon. As the fight escalated, friends and bystanders (people of color) intervened in an attempt to stop the man from being injured. That’s when police got involved—attacking Hamail (who is Black and Asian), throwing him to the ground and pinning his neck down under the knees of an officer.
- TODAY: Monday 1/2/2022
- 9am to 10:30am (arrive when you can!)
- Binghamton City Hall/Police Station
- 38 Hawley St, Binghamton
- Speakout with Press Conference to follow
Hamail wasn’t charged or under arrest at the time he was attacked by police. It wasn’t until AFTER the incident he was solely charged with resisting arrest (despite not being under arrest for any crime). Police also confiscated hundreds of dollars worth of belongings and cash from Hamail and have refused to release them. Hamail–a young father in the community—has never before been charged with a crime or even been in trouble with the law.Video of the attack can be seen here: tinyurl.com/bpdassault
This incident is eerily reminiscent of the attack and murder of George Floyd in 2020. Concerned community members will be joining family and friends of Hamail at 9am at Binghamton City Hall to file a formal police complaint and notify the public of this latest attack by Binghamton Police.
Details to come. #JusticeForHamail
1/20/23 After several community protests, dozens of viral social media posts, and hundreds of phone calls and emails from concerned residents, NY’s Attorney General has finally stepped in to investigate the now-infamous “Neck Kneeling” incident that took place in Binghamton on New Year’s Eve.
- Get SROs Out of Our Schools – School Board Speakout
- Tuesday, Jan 24th @ 7pm
- Columbus School, 3rd Floor
- 164 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY
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The Attorney General’s Office is now investigating the incident, instead of the internal investigation in the Binghamton Police Dept.