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Homeless Men Walk Free After Attacking NYC Police Officer

Five homeless men that attacked a police officer at a New York City subway station will not be prosecuted.

A video of the men attacking police officer Syed Ali was widely circulated on Twitter.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance refused to charge the men in the altercation.

Fox News reports:

A group of homeless men who were captured in a viral video attacking a New York City police officer inside a subway station won’t face charges for the incident, Manhattan’s District Attorney’s Office said as the cop received praise for fending off the drunken vagrants.

The five men — identified as Oseas Garcia, 32, Juan Munez, 27, Raul Ruiz, 29. Elisoe Alvarez Santos, 36 and Leobardo Alvarado, 31 — were arrested for sleeping in the subway following the altercation involving NYPD officer Syed Ali over the weekend, the New York Post reported. Ali was seen in a 47-second video fending off the vagrants and ordering them to “stand back” while they were in a Lower East Side subway station.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton commended the police officer’s performance on Twitter:

The police union criticized the decision not to prosecute the homeless men that attacked the police officer.

The New York Post reports:

The head of the NYPD’s largest union blasted Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. on Tuesday for not prosecuting the hostile homeless men who had to be fought off by a lone cop inside a subway station.

“The district attorney’s job is to prosecute crimes, not to act like a social advocate,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement.

“These men chose to drink to excess and then to attack a police officer like a pack of jackals when given a lawful order to move on.

The failure to prosecute the men for attacking a police officer is outrageous and sets a bad precedent going forward.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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