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NYPD Officer Beaten, Hospitalized After Unprovoked Attack While Jogging

Queens, NY – A New York police officer was hospitalized after being viciously beaten by a mob of violent attackers while he was out for a run last week.

The brutal assault occurred near 11th Street and 53rd Avenue in the area of Long Island City’s Pulaski Bridge at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, the New York Daily News reported.

The officer, a 15-year veteran of the department, was out for a run in plainclothes during his dinner break when he encountered a group of six to nine young men, according to the New York Post.

The group began running after the lone officer, and ultimately chased him down and began kicking and punching him, the New York Daily News reported.

The officer was able to grab onto one of the suspects during the unprovoked attack, but his attackers all managed to escape after a witness called 911, according to police.

Medics rushed the officer to a local hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his knee, throat, and head, the New York Daily News reported.

Police said they have also received multiple reports of people being randomly assaulted by a similar group of men in the area.

No arrests have been made in connection with the assault on the veteran officer, and the investigation is ongoing, WINS reported.

“Praying for a speedy recovery by our brother who was injured in an apparently random assault during evening rush hour in Long Island City,” the New York Police Benevolent Association (PBA) tweeted on Saturday morning. “If it’s not safe for cops to jog through the neighborhood, what chance to regular NYers stand?”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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