NYPD cop injured by protesters leaves hospital, tells supporters “I bled for this city”

Per NYPD News:

On Wednesday, Lieutenant Mack was assaulted by a group of individuals on the Brooklyn Bridge during a protest. Today, he leaves the hospital after suffering an orbital fracture to an eye.

As we wish him a speedy recovery, we must remember the dangers our officers face everyday.

Fox News reports New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot F. Shea on Friday said the court system — beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic — is responsible for a recent spate of violent crime.

They cited the case of a man accused of attacking four officers during a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge last week who had been released without bail.

But court officials argue that de Blasio and Shea are trying to shift the blame after reassigning plainclothes officers in the department’s anti-crime unit last month amid a nationwide reckoning on police brutality and racial injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

One of the injured officers was discharged from the hospital Saturday after suffering blows to his head in the attack. Colleagues gathered outside the hospital, saluted and applauded as Lt. Richard Mack was brought out in a wheelchair, a patch over his left eye.

“I want to thank the men and women in blue. Understand what we did out there, we would do again in a heartbeat. I bled for this city — I’d do it again tomorrow,” Mack told the crowd over a megaphone Saturday. “The last thing I’d like to ask is to remember all the people who died on 9/11. We forget about the heroes. They deserve to be remembered. … This city, a lot of people seem to have forgotten.”

In addition to Mack, Chief of Department Terence Monahan and at least one other officer were injured in the melee on the bridge Wednesday, the Daily News reported.

A man wearing a maroon shirt was seen on surveillance video swinging a wooden object – some kind of stick or cane – at a group of officers as they were making an arrest. Mack reportedly went after the stick-wielder but was attacked by another protester who began punching with a fistfull of heavy rings, using them like brass knuckles.

Quaran Campbell, 25, of the Bronx, was allegedly seen knocking a police officer unconscious, fracturing Mack’s orbital bones and punching Monahan, Fox 5 NY reported. He was arrested and released without bail despite a request by prosecutors for $75,000 bail.

“Quran Campbell is captured on video for the nation to witness him viciously assault 3 cops in uniform — 1 who lost consciousness,” Monahan tweeted Friday. “Judge Robert Rosenthal’s reckless decision to release Mr. Campbell WITHOUT BAIL endangers every NYer and the officers who risk it all to protect them.”