New York City may be America’s coronavirus capital, but there’s still time for crime, apparently.
A disturbing video clip of a New York City cop being sucker-punched by a masked assailant has viewers shocked. The city’s police department has denounced the attack, which occurred Tuesday while cops were making an arrest for a robbery in the Bronx.
Masked man sucker punches NYPD cop
A video shared to social media by The Daily Caller shows bystanders gathered at a sidewalk while an arrest is underway. One man is being handcuffed, flat on the ground. Another man, who is seen circling behind and in a medical mask, suddenly takes a swing at the partner of the officer making the arrest. Watch the video below:
NYC people are dying, and suffering as COVID-19 plagues thousands but the same scumbags continue to roam the streets of NYC and attack NYPD cops. Sadly the wrong people are suffering. Welcome to DeBlasios NYC pic.twitter.com/St6UoXV9wZ
— SBA (@SBANYPD) April 8, 2020
The assailant, later identified as 31-year-old Nelson Jimenez, turns and dashes down the street. The officer pulls out his Taser and pursues him, while bystanders egg on the suspect. “Run, run!” they can be heard shouting.
The attack occurred Tuesday at the corner of 83rd Street and Davidson Avenue in University Heights, Fox News reports. The suspect was later arrested at a bodega and is facing charges of assault on a police officer, obstruction of governmental administration, assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment, according to police.
“To be clear, this is not disrespect. This is premeditated assault on a uniformed Police Officer … your Police Officer,” the city’s Police Commissioner, Dermot Shea, wrote. “Disturbing on many levels, what he should now receive is a conviction for a class D Felony and a lengthy sentence in State Prison. Period.”
NYP cops face coronavirus, assaults
According to Fox News, another officer was attacked while responding to the incident by 25-year-old Brandee Isom, who is now facing charges of assault and obstructing governmental administration. The attacks are not the first incidents of NYPD cops being assaulted, as a video montage from the Daily Caller shows. In a widely condemned, highly publicized incident in July, NYPD officers in Harlem and Brooklyn were doused with buckets of water.
In recent days, the NYPD is facing new challenges with the coronavirus pandemic gripping the city. Tragically, 23 members of the department have died from the coronavirus as of Sunday, according to the New York Post. While many New Yorkers have been ordered to stay home, police officers and other “essential” workers, from grocers to nurses, are still on the job.
Meanwhile, over 17 percent of the force is out sick, according to silive.com.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has a testy relationship with the city’s cops, has received critical coverage of his handling of the coronavirus. Sergeants Benevolent Association, a police union in the city, pointed to the recent assault as an outcome of de Blasio’s poor leadership.
“NYC people are dying, and suffering as COVID-19 plagues thousands but the same scumbags continue to roam the streets of NYC and attack NYPD cops. Sadly the wrong people are suffering. Welcome to DeBlasios NYC,” the group tweeted.