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Thug cop Afanador arrested and released–without bail–for choking and brutalizing yet another Black New Yorker.

A veteran NYPD officer was arrested Thursday and charged with using an illegal chokehold on a man during a caught-on-video Queens boardwalk arrest, the first cop busted under a new state law barring the potentially lethal tactic, officials said.

Officer David Afanador, suspended shortly after the Sunday incident, was charged with strangulation and attempted strangulation at a Queens Criminal Court appearance. The officer, who was released without bail, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

“The arrest … is the first step in getting justice,” said attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who represents victim Ricky Bellevue. “The next step is for the officer to be convicted and sentenced to jail.”

Rubenstein released a photo of Bellevue’s head Thursday showing a wound the lawyer says came from his client’s encounter with Afanador.

The state’s newly-passed Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act, named for the Staten Island man killed by a police chokehold six years ago, makes use of the banned move a felony in New York.

“Police officers are entrusted to serve and protect, and the conduct alleged here cannot be tolerated,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

“Officer Afanador’s alleged actions showed his intent to impede the normal breathing or circulation of Bellevue when he placed his arm around the man’s neck and only relented when his fellow officer intervened,” she continued. “Even under the most difficult of circumstances, this kind of action is exactly the kind of police conduct that the NYPD has banned and our State Legislature criminalized.”

Afanador, who joined the NYPD in 2005, was previously investigated eight times by the Civilian Complaint Review Board for 18 charges.

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