A cellphone video captured a man sneaking up on a detective in New York City and whacking him at the side of his head with a plastic stick. The incident happened as the detective was doing paperwork and resulted in a head wound.
The Detectives’ Endowment association posted the said video on Twitter. It showed the uniformed officer at a crime scene. He was on a sidewalk covered with broken glass. The said detective was getting some paperwork done while investigating a robbery in Queens. The incident happened right before noon.
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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. pic.twitter.com/3FuiBEEcE1
— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) April 26, 2021
When the perpetrator hit him, the detective reacted in pain and held the side of his head. As he did, the suspect slowly went away, heading down the street.
In the video, one person said asked the detective about what had happened. Meanwhile, another uniformed officer and another person chased the perpetrator.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 27, 2021
Man Who Attacked Detective Identified
According to the New York Post, no motive for the attack has been immediately provided.
Authorities have identified Akeele Morgan, 25, as the suspect. They arrested him near the scene of the incident, as per the Post’s report.
Authorities have charged Morgan, who hails from the Bronx, with assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. He was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
According to New York Daily News, the suspect had been awaiting arraignment in Queens’ criminal court.
Paul DiGiacomo, the DEA president, added on Monday that the suspect should be “prosecuted fully” for what he did. He also said that the union could possibly file for civil action against him.
Immediately following the attack, the detective in the video was rushed to New York Presbyterian-Queens Hospital. He suffered a gash injury on his head and a whip mark, as per his union.