Attack a police officer, go free —that’s the New York City way.
Video has surfaced of an all-out brawl between a 16-year-old and an NYPD officer over the weekend. The teen, who was previously arrested for possession of a loaded gun and robbery, attacked the officer in the subway after being confronted for hopping a turnstile.
The teen was released the next day.
“If New Yorkers want to know why the chaos in the transit system is not improving more quickly — this is why,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association union.
“The criminals underground know they can get in a brawl, choke a cop and be back out in hours. 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.”
According to The New York Post, “the teen, whom cops are not publicly identifying because of his age, jumped the turnstile at the 125th Street-Lexington Avenue station in East Harlem just before 6 p.m. Saturday, cops said. A 16-year-old girl who was with him ducked under the turnstile, authorities said.”
The teen “became verbally aggressive for over 3 minutes with officers” before they attempted to arrest him, authorities said.
That’s when all hell broke loose.
Watch the video above.
“The boy was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest,” The Post reports.
He was released on his own recognizance the next day.