New York City – A Wild video captured a 16-year-old boy punching and grappling with an NYPD cop who confronted him for allegedly jumping a turnstile in Manhattan over the weekend.
The boy — who has previously been arrested for possession of a loaded gun and robbery — was released the next day on his own recognizance, police sources said.
“If New Yorkers want to know why the chaos in the transit system is not improving more quickly — this is why,” fumed 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.”
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
The New York Post reported that 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 boy “became verbally aggressive for over 3 minutes with officers” before they attempted to arrest him, authorities said.
His arrest sparked the caught-on-video mayhem in which the boy began to punch the cop, who returned the blows.
The boy was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest, cops said.
He was released on his own recognizance during a Sunday court appearance, police sources said.