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:
Kudos to this NY cop on his performance. His situation is a reminder to New Yorkers & their political leaders that NYC’s decline in the 70s & 80s began in the subways. The quality-of-life declines & warning signs are all there for it to happen once again. https://t.co/9ElS54V4NM pic.twitter.com/68DKn5NKKX
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) December 25, 2018
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.