New York, NY – The union that represents most New York Police Department (NYPD) officers released a video on Monday of a teenager brutally beating officers who confronted him for jumping a subway turnstile on Saturday night (video below).
The incident occurred on July 23 in the 125th Street-Lexington Avenue subway station in East Harlem, WNYW reported.
“The 16-year-old male became verbally aggressive for over three minutes with officers,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “The officers attempted to take the 16-year-old male into custody when he began to assault the officers.”
The cell phone video filmed by a bystander showed the teen violently attacking officers were who were trying to take him into custody.
The teen punched the male officer in the head repeatedly as they struggled to detain him, the video showed.
Then a female friend of the suspect jumped into the fray and attacked the officer who was struggling with the teen boy.
The female officer on the scene tried to pull the teen girl out of the altercation and was attacked by her, the video showed.
The video showed the female officer struggling with the teen girl while the teen boy threw punches one after the other at the male officer.
The suspect threw the officer into a metal gate and then body-slammed him into the tile floor.
The officer continued to fight and sat back up.
That was when the video showed the teen suspect put his arms around the officer’s neck in a chokehold.
But before the teen could get a good grip, the officer pushed himself up from the ground and pinned the boy against the gate, the video showed.
Another officer who had arrived on the scene appeared to try to help the first officer but then he was out of it as the teen tried to break free and the first officer took him to the ground yet again.
The video showed the boy was bleeding from the face as he continued to resist the three officers who were struggling to get his arms so they could handcuff him.
He was ultimately arrested and charged with multiple crimes including assault on a police officer, WNYW reported.
The NYPD Police Benevolent Association (PBA) announced that the teen suspect who attacked the officer was back on the streets in less than 24 hours.
“If New Yorkers want to know why the chaos in the transit system is not improving more quickly — this is why. The criminals underground know they can get in a brawl, choke a cop and be back out in hours…” PBA President Patrick Lynch tweeted.
“Cops are putting ourselves on the line to make the subways safer, but we are feeling abandoned by a justice system that won’t back us up,” Lynch continued in a second tweet.
The chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had much the same reaction, WABC reported.
“I don’t understand how the law would permit that guy to be released-when he has two priors that he’s already out on the street for – to have him immediately released for that attack on a police officer,” MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said.
“I don’t get it. I know our riders don’t get it,” Lieber added.
NYPD confirmed that the teen suspect who attacked the officer has been arrested on weapons possession charges in the past, WNYW reported.
NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox said that assaults on officers in the New York subway system have skyrocketed this year, WABC reported.
“We have seen over a 55 percent increase in assaults on police officers this year. The majority of these assaults on our officers began as officers were engaging persons who committed fare evasion and other quality of life violations on the trains and in the stations,” Chief Wilcox said.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:
This individual has been RELEASED 🤦♂️
Lynch: “If New Yorkers want to know why the chaos in the transit system is not improving more quickly — this is why. The criminals underground know they can get in a brawl, choke a cop and be back out in hours…” 1/2
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) July 25, 2022