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Video of a complicated arrest at a Bed-Stuy subway station Friday has spurred debate amid the NYPD’s revival of “broken windows policing” and a crackdown in the city subway system.

The arrest — which unfolded when a woman who jumped the Nostrand Avenue turnstile bit and punched NYPD officers — has been seen more than 90,000 times since a video of it was posted online this morning, according to police and the video.

It shows four officers surrounding a handcuffed 18-year-old woman as she cries out for help, according to the video.

“I’m not doing nothing,” the woman yells. “That hurts … You slammed my head on a wall, get off of me.”

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But police say the woman bit one police officer and punched another in the face when they caught her trying to skip out on the fare and tried to take her out of the Nostrand Avenue A/C station about 9:30 a.m.

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The officers were sent to a local hospital and the woman, who is “known to the department,” was taken into custody, police said.

Her charges were pending as of 12:30 p.m., the NYPD spokesperson said.

Among those outraged by the response was local Council Member Chi Ossé, who compared the woman’s arrest to the subway death of an Asian woman shoved in front of a train in Times Square earlier this year.

“Four cops were on the platform when Michelle Go was tragically pushed into the subway tracks, and the police did nothing,” Ossé wrote in a Tweet with the video. “A Black women hops a turnstile and is confronted with four cops with cuffs, tasers, and firearms…for $2.75.”

Friday’s Bed-Stuy arrest comes amid the NYPD’s controversial revival of “broken windows policing,” or a crackdown on quality-of-life offenses police say will reduce a citywide spike in violent crimes and thefts.

The tactics, which in the past has included a focus on fare evasion, have been condemned by advocates who argue they’re ineffective against reducing violent crime and disproportionately affect Black, Brown and low-income people.

The NYPD are also several weeks into a crackdown on straphangers violating transit rules under Mayor Eric Adams’ “Subway Safety Plan,” which in its first week saw 455 people, many homeless New Yorkers, ejected from the transit system.

New Yorkers were quick to debate how the Bed-Stuy video fit into the fold.

One New Yorker said the arrest was “a hugely and unnecessary escalation on the part of nypd,” while another contended the woman arrested “wanted to make a scene and did just that.”

“Oh, now I see why Eric Adams doesn’t want our phones out,” wrote one commenter, referring to the mayor’s stern advice for those who videotape arrests.

The mayor has contended the crackdown on quality-of-life offenses will not bring back the “broken windows” era of the past.

“I never used the term ‘broken windows,’ no one in the police department used the term ‘broken windows,'” Adams said when asked about the NYPD initiative at an unrelated press conference Friday. “We won’t go back to abusive policing.”

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