The problem with New York: Teen, 16, BATTERS cop in Manhattan subway station and is FREED less than 24 hours later under lax bail laws
- Police confirmed that a 16-year-old boy was arrested for assaulting the officer and resisting arrest
- He reportedly became ‘verbally aggressive’ after being confronted by the NYPD cop
- Horror footage shows the boy battering the officer with blows before putting him in a chokehold
- The boy was released by the court in less than 24 hours under lax bail laws in New York City
A teenage thug who started a brawl with an NYPD officer and put him in a chokehold has already been released under the city’s relaxed bail laws.
Horrifying footage shows the 16-year-old boy punching the cop in the head before grabbing him around the neck and slamming him repeatedly into metal railings.
An officer confronted the boy who allegedly jumped a turnstile in East Harlem over the weekend, before the teenager lashed out.
He was reportedly previously arrested for possession of a loaded gun and robbery, but was released the next day after appearing in court.
Another teen, a 16-year-old girl, ducked under the turnstile with him and initially tried to drag officers off the boy while throwing punches.
The teenager reportedly jumped over the turnstiles at the East Harlem subway station on Saturday before being approached by officers. He became ‘verbally aggressive’ before launching blows against an officer in the brawl
Patrick Lynch, President of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, has slammed the lax bail systems which means that criminals can ‘choke a cop and be out in hours’
The 16-year-old started throwing multiple punches at officers, desperate to get away, before trying to slam one of the cops into the metal railings
Officers attempted to get the situation under control after the boy launched himself at them, attempting to get one of the police officers in a headlock
A 16-year-old girl, ducked under the turnstile with him and initially tried to drag officers off the boy while throwing punches. She then became embroiled in a fight with a female cop
She was dragged away by a female officer before fighting with her, as her friend was arrested by NYPD officers.
Patrick Lynch, President of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, said: ‘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.
‘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.’
The boy, who cannot be publicly identified because of his age, jumped over the barrier at 125th Street-Lexington Avenue station in East Harlem on Saturday.
The teen was charged with assault on a police officer, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest, but was released less than 24 hours after the violent outburst
During the horror footage, the boy started raining blows down onto the officer and trying to force him to let go by slamming him around the station
Two officers were taken to NYU for treatment after the assault. One officer suffered swelling to his head and shoulder and was treated and released
The teenager grappled with the NYPD officer who stopped him after he jumped the barriers. He was left with a bloodied face after fighting in the East Harlem subway station in broad daylight
The violent brawl started at just before 6pm, with the boy becoming ‘verbally aggressive for over three minutes with officers’ before they attempted to arrest him.
During the horror footage, the boy started raining blows down onto the officer and trying to force him to let go by slamming him around the station.
His face is covered in blood by the end of the footage, with officers managing to pin the teenager down.
He was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.
On Sunday he was released during his own recognizance, and the teen girl was arrested on the same charges, though the outcome of her arraignment was not immediately known.
In a statement officers said: ‘One officer suffered swelling to his head and shoulder and was treated and released at NYU. The other officer was also treated and released at NYU.’
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