Saturday, the SBA police union shared a video of a Bronx man putting a NYPD cop in a headlock as the eggs him on.
The union wrote “DeBlasio is a FAILURE in every sense of the word. The only Mayor in America where the people have a petition to have him removed. An honorable profession in the NYPD has been destroyed by one man who simply hates cops.”
Here is a video of the incident:
Feckless Bill de Blasio keeps tying up the hands of the NYPD, more and more.
I don't know why somebody would still join the Academy under this leadership.
— Joel Fischer (@JFNYC1) July 12, 2020
De Blasio commented on the incident “We have a lot to do to heal the relationship between police and the community. That starts with standing together and advancing reforms, but it also means we cannot accept violence against our police officers.”
We have a lot to do to heal the relationship between police and the community. That starts with standing together and advancing reforms, but it also means we cannot accept violence against our police officers. https://t.co/Q3h4xwBQOA
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 12, 2020
Per DailyNews, a Bronx man put an NYPD officer in a headlock while a crowd cheered him on, video of the wild incident shows.
A pair of officers were trying to arrest a man on Grand Concourse and Morris Ave. July 1 when a crowd gathered around them and started shouting.
One man in the group filmed the encounter on his cellphone while cursing and taunting the officers, telling one, “This n—– right here, he act gangster cause he got a badge and a gun.”
Seconds later, the officer rushes at a man in the crowd — identified by police sources as Wisnel Manzueta, 29 — but Manzueta gets the better of the cop and puts him in a headlock, dragging the officer to the ground.
“They smoked you, p—-! You just got smoked, p—-!” the man taking the video yells, as the headlock suspect runs off.
Manzueta surrendered alongside his lawyer at the 46th Precinct stationhouse a week later, authorities say.
Though he was initially charged by police, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s office deferred prosecution, meaning Manzueta remains free as prosecutors continue to investigate the case and weigh whether charges are merited.
“The NYPD was disappointed that the individual was not charged initially,” said Sgt. Jessica McRorie, an NYPD spokeswoman. “The violence against the police officer speaks for itself. We are now in discussions with the District Attorney regarding the case.”
That was a sore spot for police sources, who pointed out he remains free while state cops can now be arrested for placing a suspect in a chokehold under a new state law.
“Our city needs to wake up to the fact that our leaders have surrendered the streets to chaos,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s largest union. “This was a near-riot situation where a cop is fighting for his life, and somehow his attacker was allowed to go free.”