Brooklyn, NY – A New York police officer barely lifted a finger to help her partner as he was being attacked by a drunken suspect on Thursday, bodycam footage showed.
The incident occurred outside a Bank of America near the intersection of Court Street and Livingston Street, the New York Post reported.
The officers approached the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Steven Haynes, as was sitting on the sidewalk consuming alcohol and blocking the walkway, police said.
Bodycam footage showed Haynes as he sucker-punched one of the officers, kicking off a brawl that sent both the officer and the suspect tumbling to the pavement.
While her partner tried to subdue his attacker, the second officer appeared to hesitate before she ultimately radioed for backup.
She then made her way over to the suspect, who had her partner pinned to the ground by that point, and weakly tapped him with her expandable baton, the video showed.
“Listen! Listen! Off of him! Get off of him!” she ordered. “Get off! Get off!”
The female officer pulled and tugged at his jacket as the seemingly unconcerned suspect continued to focus his attention on the officer pinned beneath him.
The male officer managed to reposition himself to momentarily gain the upper hand, but his partner again radioed for backup instead of doing much to help him subdue the combative suspect, at which point Haynes again pinned him to the pavement.
“I need another body!” she radioed yet again.
Despite having her baton still gripped in her hand, she essentially did nothing to put it to use.
“Mister! Mister! Come on!” she begged Haynes between weak-hearted blows. “Get off!”
Additional officers arrived at the scene and immediately jumped into the fray, yanking Haynes off of the male officer and quickly taking him into custody.
The nature and extent of any injuries the male officer suffered during the attack have not been released.
A New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson said that the altercation is under internal review, the New York Post reported.
Haynes was charged with multiple offenses, including alcoholic beverage violation, disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, and assault on a peace officer.
Haynes’ criminal history includes at least two dozen prior arrests, most of which were due to theft of services, according to police.
He was released without bond at his arraignment the following day, the New York Daily News reported.
“When will our elected leaders admit that the streets are out of control? The perps know they can sucker punch a cop and escape with no consequences,” Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch told the New York Post in the wake of the attack. “And cops know that City Hall will not back them up. The situation is getting more dangerous by the day.”
Business owners in the area where the attack occurred also expressed frustration that Haynes was already out of jail and causing more problems.
“No bail. Three hours, he was back in the same spot,” local Italian restaurant general manager Michael Vitiello told the New York Post. “They had a cop sitting there, just watching him. He got his own security ‘cuz he’s a celebrity now.”
Jesus, a local panhandler, said that Haynes has become increasingly brazen and confrontational since his no-consequences arrest.
“Now he’s starting to spit at people, started to curse people out,” he told the New York Post. “The other day he went at the delivery guy like, ‘why you always around me?’”
Jesus said he was “dumbfounded” that Haynes had already been released from jail.
“If it was me, I would still be in jail. I’m coherent. I don’t have any mental problems — but that should not be justification for hitting a cop,” he told the paper.
On Sunday, a New York Post photographer snapped Haynes as he sipped a single-shot serving of vodka out on the street corner yet again.
NYPD officers told him to leave the area at least twice that same day, but he simply returned after they left, the New York Post reported.
You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Haynes in the video below: