Bronx, NY – An off-duty, undercover New York Police Department (NYPD) officer was beaten with a bat June 21 on a Bronx street in broad daylight (video below).
The attacked occurred just before noon on June 21 outside of a bodega located at the intersection of Bryant and Lafayette Avenues in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx, WNBC reported.
The beating was captured by a surveillance camera outside the bodega.
The video showed two men aggressively approached the off-duty officer, who was wearing jean shorts and a t-shirt.
In the video, the officer appeared to be backing away from the men, who continued to encroach on his space.
The three moved out of the camera’s view and then reappeared, fighting.
The off-duty officer was being attacked by the first two men and a third who had joined in.
The third man, in black shorts, a white undershirt, and blue Crocs, beat the officer with a blue stick in the video that police have since identified as a broom handle, according to the New York Post.
Police said the officer was also hit with a baseball bat.
That part of the attack wasn’t caught on the security video but it was witnessed by bystanders.
“He was just arguing with the person, talking and they started getting louder and louder,” a witness to the attack told WNBC.
The witness said he saw the group grab a bat and hit the officer in the head and body with it.
The wounded, off-duty officer was transported to Jacobi Medical Center for treatment of injuries to his head, back, and knees that were sustained in the attack, the New York Post reported.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday that the attack on the officer was “very much under investigation by the detective squad from the 41st Precinct.”
“I’m also having the Internal Affairs Bureau looking at the entire incident to just see, to make sure there was nothing that shouldn’t be happening there, with our officers,” Commissioner Shea said.
Police released the video of the assault to the public in conjunction with CrimeStoppers and asked that anyone with information regarding the identity or location of the suspects contact NYPD.
Detectives have not determined any motive for the attack and sources said police don’t think the suspects knew their victim was a police officer, WNBC reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: