Queens, NY – A New York police detective was hit in the head with a plastic stick while investigating another case on Monday (video below).
The unprovoked attack occurred while the unsuspecting detective was processing a robbery scene on Prince Street at approximately 11:50 a.m., the New York Post reported.
Video footage showed the detective with his back to the street as he faced a storefront littered with broken glass and jotted notes on a clipboard.
A moment later, a man carrying two long sticks came up behind him and struck him in his head, the video showed.
The attacker stood back and watched for a moment as the injured detective doubled over and turned away, holding his head.
The suspect scurried backwards, still watching the detective, until additional officers began chasing him down.
The video showed police running across the street after the attacker, who was still carrying the sticks at the time.
The detective suffered a whip mark and a gash to his head as a result of the assault, the New York Post reported.
The New York City Police Department Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA) shared the footage to Twitter on Monday.
“Welcome to NYC!” they wrote. “Even as our Detectives investigate crimes they’re attacked by emboldened criminals, who have quickly realized there are no consequences for law breakers in our city.”
“The DEA is calling for this violence to be fully prosecuted as we look to file civil charges,” the post read.
DEA President Paul DiGiacomo said in a statement that elected officials are responsible for the uptick in brazen attacks on police.
“If there’s anyone wondering why this happened, they can ask their elected officials who have created a city of no consequences for criminality,” DiGiacomo wrote. “The city is circling the drain and NYPD cops are the only ones trying to help the public swim to safety.”
Police chased the suspect down and arrested him on 39th Avenue, according to the New York Post.
He has been identified as 25-year-old Akeele Morgan, according to police.
Morgan was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal possession of a weapon.
The motive for the attack has not been released.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:
Welcome to NYC!
Even as our Detectives investigate crimes they’re attacked by emboldened criminals, who have quickly realized there are no consequences for law breakers in our city.
The DEA is calling for this violence to be fully prosecuted as we look to file civil charges. pic.twitter.com/3FuiBEEcE1
— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) April 26, 2021