Shocking video shows white 'US soldier' punching a black man and sitting on his ...

A shocking video captured in Western New York appeared to show a white man in military fatigues punching a black man several times in the face, before pinning him to the ground and sitting on his chest.

The violent exchange, captured on video by Said Hamideh, occurred along Elmwood Avenue, in Buffalo, on Thursday afternoon.

In footage of the incident, the black man, who Said believed to be mentally ill, is seen walking towards the white soldier and lunging toward him.

However, as the man approaches, the soldier punches him hard to the side of his face, dazing the man, before forcing him to the ground and sitting down on his chest.

‘I really didn’t like how he was sitting on his chest,’ Said told DailyMail.com, comparing the scene to the death of George Floyd, the black man died in Minneapolis police custody in May, gasping for breath under the knee of Officer Derek Chauvin.

‘I thought that, in the wake of George Floyd, it was inappropriate for a white man in uniform to be putting his body weight on a man’s diaphragm like that,’ he said.

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In footage of the incident, the black man, who Hamideh said appeared to be mentally ill, is seen walking towards the white soldier and lunging toward him.

However, as the man approaches, the soldier punches him hard to the side of his face, dazing the man, before forcing him to the ground and sitting down on his chest.

In footage of the incident, the black man, who Hamideh said appeared to be mentally ill, is seen walking towards the white soldier and lunging toward him

However, as the man approaches, the soldier punches him hard to the side of his face, dazing the man, before forcing him to the ground and sitting down on his chest

In the video, after the soldier pins the man on the ground, he yells out for someone to ‘call the police’.

Dozens of bystanders immediately race towards the scene of the scuffle, urging the soldier to ‘stop it’.

The man is seen squirming under the weight of the soldier as he attempts to free himself. Bystanders urge the soldier to cease sitting on the man’s chest but he refuses to move.

Meanwhile, the man can be heard screaming out for the soldier to ‘get the f*** off of me.’

As more bystanders flock to the scene, one is heard angrily asking the soldier whether he is a ‘white supremacist, or something’.

A second bystander, dressed in a red t-shirt, interjects: ‘This isn’t about race. Don’t make it about race.’ He continues by telling bystanders they don’t know the full story, and the man being pinned down had been causing problems earlier in the area, and police were called.

Said clarified he didn’t witness the earlier incident, but moments before he started filming, he had seen the man shouting at passers-by in the street.

From his understanding, Said said the incident between the black man and the white man in military fatigues was sparked when the man spat on the soldier’s car. The pair then exchange words, with the man making disparaging remarks about the military to the soldier, before calling him a ‘p****’.

Said recalled how he watched on in shock as the soldier charged towards the man, and reportedly laid a ‘haymaker’ of a punch to the man’s head. He said the soldier struck the man on a number of other occasions. Seconds later, he began filming.

Dozens of bystanders immediately race towards the scene of the scuffle, urging the soldier to ‘stop it’

Dozens of bystanders immediately race towards the scene of the scuffle, urging the soldier to ‘stop it’

As more bystanders flock to the scene, one (seen left) is heard angrily asking the soldier whether he is a ‘white supremacist, or something’

As more bystanders flock to the scene, one (seen left) is heard angrily asking the soldier whether he is a ‘white supremacist, or something’

As the scene continues to unfold, tensions escalate. One of the bystanders, a middle-aged white man, exchanges a heated words with the soldier.

The bystander in the red t-shirt urges others to step back and give the soldier space.

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