A man wearing a medical mask to protect himself from the Coronavirus “sucker-punched” a uniformed NYPD officer this week; adding insult to injury in a city reeling from the deadly pandemic.
“Nelson Jimenez, 31, launched his attack in front of a crowd of bystanders who had gathered on a sidewalk near 183rd Street and Davidson Avenue in University Heights to watch the arrest of 27-year-old robbery suspect Yoemdy Castro, law enforcement sources said,” reports the New York Post.
“During the episode, Jimenez walks behind the standing officer, then socks him in the head, knocking off his winter cap,” adds the Post.
Watch the shocking footage above.
Source: NY Post
BUSTED: NYC Mayor Reportedly Used $3M NYPD 'Counter-Terror' Jet to Fly Home from Vacation
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio found himself in hot water this week after he reportedly used a $3 million “counter-terrorism” government plane to fly home from a personal vacation in Canada.
According to the NY Post, de Blasio used the jet to fly from Quebec back to the Big Apple where he was set to deliver in address in the Bronx; returning to the Canadian province later that day.
“NYPD is transporting him in their plane,” de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips told the Post.
“It is very unusual to go on an international flight to go pick up the mayor,” said an inside source close to the police department. “I think it’s excessive, because that wasn’t what that plane was designed to do. It’s designed for counterterrorism measures. To go to Canada to get the mayor? It’s excessive.”
“Neither the NYPD nor the Mayor’s Office would say who decided to use the plane, how much the trip cost taxpayers or why the mayor didn’t take a commercial flight — which is about $300 round-trip,” writes the Post.
Read the full story at the New York Post.
CHAOS in NYC: Group of Teens Beat, Stomp 15 Year Old Girl for Her Sneakers, NYPD Searching for Suspects
A group of teenagers in Brooklyn, New York were caught on camera viciously beating a 15-year-old girl for her sneakers and wallet this week; prompting a citywide search for the suspects as the young woman receives treatment at a neighborhood hospital.
“The teenager was walking on Utica Avenue near Sterling Place in Crown Heights at 4:10 p.m. Thursday when she was spotted by the dozen youths, cops said. When she reached the corner, the gang lunged at her and punched and kicked her repeatedly, the video shows,” reports the NY Post.
“The clip begins with the victim already on the ground, one of the boys kicking her in the chest and face. A second later, more kids run across the street and continue to beat her up, with one kid leaping onto her and then kicking her in the head, the footage shows,” adds the newspaper.
Major crimes and serious offenses spiked in New York City in February 2020, with recently released data showing a 22% jump since the same period just 12 months ago.
“The NYPD says major crimes grew 22.5% in February compared to the same month last year including a 7.1% increase in shootings. Robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto crimes all saw increases,” reports Fox New York.
“The NYPD says that in the first 58 days of 2020, 482 individuals who had already been arrested for committing a felony such as robbery or burglary were rearrested for committing an additional 846 crimes. Thirty-five percent, or 299, were for arrests in the seven major crime categories – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto – that is nearly triple the amount of those crimes committed in the same 58 days in 2019,” adds Fox.
A high-ranking judge in New York City said the state’s recent guidelines regarding bail represents a “significant threat to public safety” in the five boroughs and beyond.
“It is my opinion that without significant changes, the current legislation will not only be a missed opportunity for long-overdue criminal justice reform, but also a significant threat to public safety,” Bronx Criminal Court Supervising Judge George Grasso said. “We already are seeing serious spikes in violent crime throughout New York City in 2020.”
“I am now in the criminal justice system for over 40 years — 30-plus NYPD and 30-plus judge — and I am very concerned,” he said during a speech in Queens, NY.
New York City residents were left fuming in the early weeks of 2020 following a massive spike in crime, with the NYPD Commissioner publicly blaming new bail laws on the uptick of felonies across the Big Apple.
“A sharp rise in citywide crime since 2020 began was sparked by New York’s new bail reform laws, which took away a judge’s discretion to hold repeat and possibly violent offenders behind bars,” reports the New York Post.
“In the first three weeks of this year, we’re seeing significant spikes in crime. So either we forgot how to police New York City, or there’s a correlation,” said Chief Dermot Shea.
“If you let out individuals that commit a lot of crime, that’s precision policing in reverse and we’re seeing the effects in a very quick time, and that is why we’re so concerned,” he added.
Statistics show a 32% uptick in robbers, 61% increase in car theft, and an 18% jump in burglaries since the New Year.
“People say it just took effect you can’t have consequences already. Take a look at the comp stat,” Shea fumed.
Read the full report here.