An NYPD officer repeatedly slugged a suspect who was handcuffed and shackled at the ankles in a Lower Manhattan holding cell earlier this year, according to video and a new federal court lawsuit.
The alleged assault unfolded on April 22, when four officers responded to robbery suspect Eugene Blake’s holding cell in Manhattan central booking after he appeared to flood a toilet, sending water spilling onto the floor, according to the footage.
The video shows two male officers entering the cell, ordering Blake to put his hands against the back wall and handcuffing him.
As they put cuffs on him, two other officers — and man and woman — also respond to the cell.
The three male officers then guide Blake backward to the cell’s door, where he appears to slip in the pool of water near the entrance, according to the footage.
The three male officers then stand him up on the cell’s bench and shackle him at the ankles before they walk out of the cell.
Blake then appears to say something to the officers while arching his back and twisting his body into a strange position, according to the video, which does not have audio.
Two of the officers then bolt back into the cell and one holds Blake — who is still handcuffed and shackled — up against the wall while the other slugs him multiple times in the head, the video shows.
The officer holding Blake peels off to restrain the cop punching the suspect — as a third officer rushes in, according to the footage.
The video was provided to The Post by Blake’s attorney, Alex Padilla, who is representing him in a civil suit filed in Manhattan federal court Thursday morning.
In the suit, Blake alleges that after the initial assault in the holding cell, the three male officers took him to an adjacent room without cameras, where they continued to beat him.
The female officer, meanwhile, “stood by and did nothing, though she had a duty and an opportunity to intervene and put a stop to the illegal use of force by her colleagues,” the suit alleges.
Blake is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, the suit states.
None of the officers are identified in court papers.
Online records show Blake was arrested the day before the holding cell incident for robbery using a dangerous instrument, assault with intent to cause serious physical injury and another robbery charge.
The NYPD and the city Law Department did not immediately respond to request for comment about the suit.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore
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