Two men were arrested on Monday after a shocking and violent attack against two members of the New York City Police Department at a Bronx subway station. 23-year-old Kaream McClary and 20-year-old Izayiah Jessamy, both of the Bronx, were charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and trespassing.
The incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. at the Freeman Street subway station. According to police, the two officers approached McClary, Jessamy, and a third man and asked them to put out their cigarettes as smoking is prohibited in the station. However, the trio refused to comply and when the officers attempted to remove them from the premises, a physical altercation ensued.
A video of the incident, which was posted on social media, shows the two suspects repeatedly punching and pummeling one of the officers in the head, neck, and face. The officer can be seen covering his head in an attempt to protect himself from the attack. The altercation continued for several minutes before the officer was able to subdue one of the suspects and place him under arrest. Meanwhile, the other suspect fled the scene.
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The third man involved in the altercation has not yet been located by the police and is still being sought as an accomplice. The identities of the suspects have not been released by the authorities, and it is unclear if they have obtained legal representation.
Both officers involved in the incident sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The video of the attack has sparked outrage and criticism of the suspects’ actions, with many praising the officers for their bravery and defending themselves against severe physical violence.
The incident has once again highlighted the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the attack, saying that “this kind of violence against our brave men and women in uniform is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also expressed his support for the officers and condemned the suspects’ actions.
Another NYPD officer assaulted in Bronx transit. Supposedly this occurred yesterday. As @NYPDTransit Chief Kemper has repeatedly stated the rise in felony assaults are mainly against cops taking enforcement action. Does that make you feel safe in NYC ? #TheFinestUnfiltered 🧵 pic.twitter.com/aPQcxYf3Fz
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The incident serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by police officers on a daily basis, particularly in the midst of ongoing tensions and conflicts between law enforcement and communities across the country. It also raises concerns about the safety and security of commuters and passengers in the city’s public transportation system.
McClary and Jessamy are being held in custody at the Bronx County Jail and are due to appear in court for their arraignment. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and the third suspect has yet to be apprehended. As the news of the attack spreads, many are calling for stricter punishments for individuals who assault law enforcement officers and for increased support and resources for those who put their lives on the line to protect the community.