A Bronx man put an NYPD officer in a headlock while a crowd cheered him on, video of the wild incident shows. A pair of officers were trying to arrest a man on Grand Concourse and Morris Ave. July 1 when a crowd gathered around them and started shouting.
One man in the group filmed the encounter on his cellphone while cursing and taunting the officers, telling one, “This n—– right here, he act gangster cause he got a badge and a gun.”
Seconds later, the officer rushes at a man in the crowd but the man gets the better of the cop and puts him in a headlock, dragging the officer to the ground.
“They smoked you, p—-! You just got smoked, p—-!” the man taking the video yells, as the headlock suspect runs off.
The headlock suspect, who’s name hasn’t been released, surrendered alongside his lawyer at the 46th Precinct stationhouse a week later, authorities say.
Though he was initially charged by police, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s office deferred prosecution, meaning the man remains free as prosecutors continue to investigate the case and weigh whether charges are merited.
“The NYPD was disappointed that the individual was not charged initially,” said Sgt. Jessica McRorie, an NYPD spokeswoman. “The violence against the police officer speaks for itself. We are now in discussions with the District Attorney regarding the case.”
Bronx Man Puts NYPD Officer In Headlock As Crowd Cheers
That was a sore spot for police sources, who pointed out that he remains free while state cops can now be arrested for placing a suspect in a chokehold under a new state law.
“Our city needs to wake up to the fact that our leaders have surrendered the streets to chaos,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s largest union. “This was a near-riot situation where a cop is fighting for his life, and somehow his attacker was allowed to go free.”
Lynch said he expects Clark to bring “real charges” against the man. “If that doesn’t happen, we should just run up the white flag and admit that the criminals are in charge,” he added.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association which first tweeted out the video on Saturday, and its president, Ed Mullins, were more blunt on social media.
“COREY JOHNSON your STUPID law is about to be signed by NYC STUPID Mayor it’s time you both take your community input & grab these perps yourself,” the SBA posted on Twitter, tweeting at Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor de Blasio.
The City Council last month passed a bill that criminalizes chokeholds and other methods of restraint by police officers and sets up a string of police reform measures. Though it passed with a veto-proof majority, Mayor de Blasio said he’d sign it into law.
The man initially arrested in the video, Franklin Adrian, 31, was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing government administration. He received a desk appearance ticket and was released.
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