Dash cam video captures moment state trooper was brutally attacked after telling suspect he wouldn’t arrest him


CHENOA, WI – Randy Turner was clocked driving his Ford SUV 109 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone on I-55.

He was pulled over by Matthew Niehaus of the Illinois State Police.

In an attempt to show the driver some kindness and grace, the trooper told Turner that he was merely going to write him a ticket rather than arrest him.

He even went so far as to say that he lowered the speed on the ticket in comparison with what he was actually clocked at. Given that he was also driving on a suspended license, Niehaus also called for a tow truck.

But Turner, at least for the moment was avoiding a trip to jail.

“I’ll even work with you,” Niehaus says. “I even wrote your speed down a little bit so I wouldn’t have to take you to jail.”

That is when things went south.

Niehaus, while conversing with Turner, explained what he was going to do. The driver then lunged at him, taking him to the ground and started punching him in the face. It was then that Turner allegedly went for Niehaus’ weapon.

CBS4 obtained footage of the dashcam in Niehaus’ patrol car through a Freedom of Information Act request. The video is nearly 11 minutes long. The one-on-one altercation lasted roughly 1 minute.

Turner was unsuccessful in his attempt to get the gun. He was able to get the pepper spray from Niehaus’ belt, using it on the trooper. After gaining separation, he was able to draw his weapon and Turner backed away. Niehaus was able to the radio for backup. It took nearly 7 minutes for another officer to arrive.

Fortunately for the state trooper, a passerby with a concealed carry permit stooped to offer assistance. He held a gun on Turner as Niehaus attempted to clear his eyes from the pepper spray.

During this time, Turner attempted to flee in the tow truck, but the driver was able to keep him from leaving and Niehaus used his taser, finally getting Tuner into custody.

“I tried being nice to this guy. I tried being nice to this guy. I let my guard down,” the trooper can be heard saying ion the video.

He and Turner can then be heard in conversation.

“He tried to f—ing kill.”

Turner’s response.

“No, I didn’t.”

Niehaus wasn’t done.

“You went for my gun man. What’s wrong with you? You want to die?”

Turner had only a one-word answer.


The ISP trooper can then be heard thanking the man that stopped to help.

“Hey, who was the guy that came out with the gun? Thank you.”

According to the probable cause statement, Turner said he attacked the trooper because he didn’t want to go back to jail. He told investigators that he heard Niehaus say he wasn’t going to jail as part of the stop.

He allegedly told them that he went for the weapon to maintain control of the situation, because the one with the gun is in control.

Police say that he also told them that he would have shot Niehaus, probably in the leg, if he had wrestled the firearm away, claiming he would do whatever was necessary to escape.

Surveillance footage from the McLean County jail show Turner biting his mattress and tearing it apart.

He is now charged with disarming a police officer, aggravated battery, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, attempted possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal damage to state-supported property and driving under the influence of a drug.

His bond was set at $2M, meaning he would need $200,000 to get out prior to his arraignment hearing, which is set for June 24.



Watch: NYPD officer attacked and almost choked to death as bystanders watch and film for social media instead of helping


BROOKLYN, NY- Released video shows the moments an unhinged man attacked and tried to choke a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer inside a Brooklyn Target as they wrestled to the ground. Watch below:

The police union shared the video, which not only showcased the officer being choked, but the bystanders who stood by and filmed the attack instead of trying to help.

According to the NYPD, the violent encounter happened on Tuesday, November 23rd just after 2 p.m. when the officer spotted the man acting “disorderly and flipping items on shelves onto the ground” in the Atlantic Terminal Mall store.

The 44-year-old man, since identified as Henroy Johnson, threatened the officer with a bottle before wrestling the officer to the ground and punching him with a closed fist. Police stated that the suspect made “verbal threats and became physically aggressive.” Video shows that at one point, Johnson appears to try and strangle the officer while the officer is on his back.

According to the NYPD, Johnson, who has an address on Bowery in Manhattan, was arrested and charged with assault of a police officer, resisting, menacing and obstruction. Police stated that the officer, who was working a paid detail at Target, was treated on scene for bruises and scratches to his head, eyes, and cheek.

Video showed that bystanders who witnessed the attack on the officer did absolutely nothing to intervene or help him. Less than 10 seconds into the video, a Target employee stepped close to the fight and pulled a countertop away from the fray, but did nothing to assist the officer.

In the video, people continued to walk by just a few feet away from the melee on the Target floor and customers stood around clutching packages in their hands as they watched the fight.

The video showed that Johnson let go of the officer and tried to get to his feet to leave, but the officer jumped up and grabbed Johnson by his hoodie, trying to detain him. Johnson proceeded to pick up items he had dropped on the floor and again, tried to leave the area.

Johnson reached into his sweatshirt pocket a couple of times just as the officer pulled out his handcuffs and tried to detain him. That was when Johnson dropped the items he was carrying to the floor and bent and picked up the officer around the legs and threw him to the floor.

Johnson crashed on to the ground on top of the officer and the fight continued as the video ended. NYPD Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch posted the video of the assault on the officer to social media, calling out the witnesses who did nothing to help the officer. Lynch tweeted:

“DISTURBING VIDEO. We have a police officer in distress & nobody helps him. Is this the city we want? Has this become normal? It has to stop.”

He added:

“We need your help. We need your help on the street & we need your help to force our reckless elec. officials to do their job.”

Reportedly, Johnson was ultimately arrested and charged with assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, menacing, disorderly conduct, and obstruction.

This violent incident comes as New York City continues to struggle with rising violent crimes. Overall, crime was up 11.2 percent in October compared to October 2020. Robbery was up 15.8 percent and felony assault rose by 13.8 percent.

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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Caught on camera: 54-year-old man stabbed in gang assault in police-defunded New York City

October 8th, 2021

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The NYPD has released video of a violent gang assault on a 54-year-old man in the Bronx, which resulted in the victim sustaining a knife wound to the chest.

According to the NYPD, the victim was assaulted by four individuals outside of an apartment building between Townsend Avenue and East 172nd Street in Mount Eden at about 6:00 p.m. on September 10th.

The attackers are thought to be between the ages of 18 and 20. During the assault, one of the suspects stabbed the victim in the left side of his chest, according to police. The victim then struggles with the person who attacked him until the knife falls to the stairs below, according to surveillance video.

Before the suspects fled on foot, the suspect was able to get ahold of the knife used during the assault. Officials say that the victim was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition.

The suspects involved in the attack are still at-large, according to police.

On October 3rd, surveillance video caught the moments where another person was the victim of a stabbing in New York City.

The stabbing occurred about 5:45 p.m. outside 254 East 3rd Street, according to police, who have released footage in the hopes of apprehending two of the assailants who assaulted the 19-year-old victim.

On October 4th, one of the accused assailants was apprehended.  Authorities identified him as a 14-year-old kid whose identity was not published due to his age. The juvenile has since been charged with assault.

The other two suspects are still at-large. Police say that the stabbing victim, who was treated at Bellevue Hospital for his injuries, is not cooperating with investigators.

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Man on parole arrested for slashing boy during bodega robbery in police-defunded New York City

(Originally published September 17th, 2021)

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, a 57-year-old man who is on parole for a previous robbery conviction was arrested earlier in September for allegedly robbing a bodega in Manhattan of various items and slashing an 11-year-old boy during the robbery.

The incident happened on September 8th at approximately 12:15 p.m., with police saying that a pair of shoplifters had entered the bodega located at 23 Avenue D and tried making off with a variety of undisclosed items.

Both of the suspects were confronted by a 27-year-old store clerk, who also had his 11-year-old nephew inside of the store with him that day when the incident occurred.

One of the suspects, identified as 57-year-old Hector Diaz, allegedly slashed the 11-year-old boy’s right hand during the confrontation before fleeing down Avenue D and then heading north toward East 4th Street.

The 11-year-old boy was reportedly transported to Bellevue Hospital for minor injuries and was noted at the time that he is expected to be fine.

Prior to any arrests taking place, a photo of one of the suspects was shared by authorities – which they say later turned out to be Diaz.

The NYPD’s Warrant Squad arrested Diaz at his Manhattan home on September 15th, having since been charged with robbery with a dangerous instrument. Diaz apparently hosts quite the lengthy criminal record, as he reportedly has 24 prior arrests dating as far back as 1987.

Furthermore, Diaz is still on parole for a previous robbery conviction, which that parole remains in effect until December of 2022.

The incident at the bodega at 23 Avenue D comes roughly one month after a similar slashing that transpired at another bodega in the Bronx borough.

Authorities say that on August 16th, an unidentified male suspect entered the bodega on East 163rd Street bodega near Simpson Street and began attacking a 28-year-old clerk. The suspect reportedly beat the victim with his fists and also a glass bottle, slicing the victim’s nose and left wrist.

Police say that the suspect fled in an unknown direction after the attack. As for the victim, he was rushed over to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

No arrests have been made in the August 16th attack. Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the suspect are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or visit crimestoppers.nypdonline.org to submit a tip online.

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Man attacked at ATM by hatchet-wielding man in police-defunded New York City

(Originally published August 18th, 2021)

MANHATTAN, NY – A 50-year old man was simply trying to get some cash out of an ATM in a JPMorgan Chase bank ATM vestibule.

It was a little after 5 pm last Sunday in New York City’s Financial District. As he paid attention to the transaction he was attempting on the screen, another man walked around the inside of the vestibule before approaching his victim.

He introduced himself to the unsuspecting man by swinging the hatchet at his leg, striking him and drawing blood. What happened over the next :50 seconds was hard to watch.

The assailant followed his victim around the lobby, swinging his weapon and pushing the man to the ground. As the video progresses, you can see the victim, who attempted to fight off his attacker, bleeding profusely from the head.

According to the Daily Mail, he was struck once in the leg and three times in the head. The assailant then smashed the screens of the ATMs before he dropped the hatchet and fled the scene.

“It’s crazy,” a witness said. “People were shouting and we saw the guy laying down – a lot of blood.”  

EMS arrived on the scene and treated the man before transporting him the Bellevue Hospital where he is in stable condition.

The New York Post conducted a bedside interview.

“‘A man was there with a hatchet and [hit] my head…and my leg,’ said the victim in Spanish.”

Police say that the attack appeared to be unprovoked and the victim did not know the attacker. They believed that the attack was random.

A little before 10 pm on Tuesday evening, a man matching the suspect’s description was smashing windows.

Police intervened in the vandalism and escorted him to Bellevue for psychological evaluation. As of this writing, no arrests had been made and it was unclear of the suspect and the 37-year old individual apprehended by police were the same man.

It makes you wonder how long this attack would have lasted and how extensive the victim’s injuries would have been had New York City allowed constitutional carry or greater access to concealed carry permits.

This is a developing story. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available.

But, it is another act of violence in a city that has seen violent crime rise.

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Residents seek return of plainclothes cops amid rising gun violence in police-defunded New York City

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, many locals and business owners in Harlem are asking for an increase in police presence in the area, including bringing back plainclothes NYPD officers, to help combat the concerning levels of gun violence in the area.

In Harlem, the 32nd Precinct is one of the areas where gun violence has increased the most.

Shootings have increased by over 60% in the neighborhood this year compared to the same period of 2020.

Local restaurant owners claim that some of their customers have voiced concerns about potentially being shot by a stray bullet while dining on the street.

As of August 12th, 2021, the 32nd Precinct has seen 31 shooting incidents, whereas there were only 19 during the same timespan in 2020.

Alex Price, who operates the Cantina Restaurant on Lenox Avenue, is among those restaurateurs that would like to see more police in the area to help deter violent crime:

“I would feel more safe for me and my clients that we would have a little bit more police presence here.”

From 124th to 129th Street, business owners voiced concerns about the dramatic rise in shootings and crime, and what this represents for their customers’ safety.

Alpheaus Marcus, a local community activist, mirrored worries about patrons of outdoor dining establishments becoming the victims of “one of these bullets”:

“With the business establishments having outside events, the concern is one of these bullets, like we see in the city so many times, actually striking a patron.”

Marcus added that he’d like to see Mayor Bill de Blasio reinstate the plainclothes unit within the NYPD before he exits office in the coming months:

“What we want is, especially de Blasio with his last four months to stop playing politics. We want them to reactivate the plainclothes unit, because, again, these shootings are reckless and senseless.”

The NYPD’s plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit was disbanded during the summer of 2020, but plainclothes units have reemerged in the Bronx borough in recent months in an effort to curtail gang activity and drug crimes.

Local Travaulya Wallace believes that a plainclothes unit coming to help out in Harlem could be beneficial to the area:

“I do believe that there should be different type of officers in different type of clothing. Some outfits are intimidating, right? It can provoke some people to want to push against.”

Business owners along the strip running from 124th to 129th Street have also noted that a contributing factor to the gun crime in the area stems from the like of gang members and drug dealers establishing or holding down their territory.

Donnell Van Duyne remarked on that aspect impacting the area:

“In the area there’s a lot of gang violence. A lot of young kids are getting shot. Honestly speaking, it’s over nothing and it’s putting a lot of lives in danger.”

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams would like to see a full-on return of the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit, having mentioned back in April that the decision to disband the unit during the summer of 2020 was akin to throwing “out the baby with the bathwater”:

“We should not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Having a good Anti-Crime team will continue to take guns off the streets…We can do it right, we’ll get it right, and we’ll make sure our city is safe.”


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