‘Emboldened criminal’ smacks NYPD detective in head with sticks while investigating robbery

While investigating a robbery in New York City on Monday, an NYPD detective was approached by a man in a hoodie with two plastic sticks and then was brazenly struck in the head with them in broad daylight.

The officer was surveying the scene of a robbery in Queens at approximately 11:50 a.m. when the alleged attack took place. The video of the assault was presumably taken during the investigation of the crime. It was put out on social media by the Detectives’ Endowment Association.

The DEA tweeted in response to the attack: “Welcome to NYC! Even as our Detectives investigate crimes they’re attacked by emboldened criminals, who have quickly realized there are no consequences for law breakers in our city. The DEA is calling for this violence to be fully prosecuted as we look to file civil charges.”

The detective was taking notes at the scene when a man approached him out of his line of sight from behind with two long white sticks. The suspect then slapped the officer in the head and on the face with the sticks. The detective crouched in pain after the attack. He suffered a whip mark to his face and a gash on his head.

(Video Credit: Detectives’ Endowment Association)

“What happened?” someone asked, while the attacker backed away and then crossed the street. Another officer and a man who was either a bystander or another detective took off after the suspect.

The suspect is reportedly named Akeele Morgan, 25, and is from the Bronx. He was arrested in short order not far from the scene of the crime. He has been charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. At this time, no motive is known for the attack other than it was a police officer.

“Once again, New Yorkers witness just how emboldened violent criminals are,” DEA President Paul DiGiacomo noted in a statement. “If there’s anyone wondering why this happened, they can ask their elected officials who have created a city of no consequence for criminality.”

Meanwhile, the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA), which represents in excess of 11,000 current and former NYPD officers, tweeted out: “Mayor DeBlasio has allocated 30 Million Dollars to bring tourism to NYC. Welcome to the city of violence. Shootings and Homicides plaque NYC and the numbers aren’t final.”

The statement comes as an unnamed 20-year-old man was shot and killed near Park Avenue on Monday in broad daylight. The police believe that the shooting was connected to a drug deal.

The murder ended a week that saw 50 New Yorkers shot across the city. The numbers have massively increased since last year ostensibly due to regulations that allegedly keep officers from performing their duties as well as putting their lives in danger. The “Defund the Police” movement that leftists support is taking its toll as well as the new anti-bail laws, releasing criminals, and other measures that have reportedly helped boost crime in the city.

During the period spanning from 12 a.m. on Friday until midnight Sunday, 31 people were reportedly wounded in 28 shootings and six people were killed, the New York Police Department told Fox News on Monday. In just one day, 14 shootings occurred just on Saturday, with 15 people reportedly struck by bullets.

One of the people who lost their lives was Jason Rivera, 35. He was murdered in the Bronx on Friday after he asked a man who was sitting on a bench if he was okay. That was just one of many sad stories that took place over the weekend in the Big Apple.


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