A black man was thrown to the ground by New York City police while participating in one of talk show host Ellen Degeneres’ “dance dares.”
The victim, who identifies himself as Alexander BOK, posted footage on his YouTube channel of the encounter, which shows several officers crowding around BOK, with one asking him, “Are you f*cking kidding me, bro? Are you a f*cking a*shole?”
BOK explains in another video that he approached the officer from behind as part of a “dance dare” Degeneres made to her viewers earlier this month.
“I challenge the viewers to sneak up behind perfect strangers, to dance behind them without them knowing it,” Degeneres said on her show. Previous“dance dares” have featured pregnant viewers, as well as viewers dancing at the Golden Gate Bridge and in front of JCPenney stores, among other settings.
Watch the encounter here:
Tension between the NYPD and residents has increased since a grand jury decided not to indict one officer, Daniel Pantaleo, in connection with the death of Eric Garner this past July.
Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by a coroner.
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