Over the summer LET provided a number of articles in regards to NYPD officer’s being attacked all over the city of New York when bystanders assaulted them with buckets of water and other objects while they were simply doing their jobs.
It’s created a culture of disrespect and violence toward police in the city. So when members of the NYPD snagged a Bronx suspect who was responsible for one of the acts, cops were disparaged to see that the rest of the legal system didn’t have their backs.
The epidemic of assaults on New York City cops has seem to grown since the summer and in the time since those first reports came out, and more incidents have come to light. Not only are officers trying to protect themselves from the individuals committing crimes that they are called upon to respond to, they also must know be cognizant of the very citizens they are trying to protect themselves from. While many incidents from the summer have gone without arrests or being able to find out who the perpetrators of these targeted attacks were, some are finally being brought to justice.
The New York Post reported this week that an individual was arrested in the early morning hours on Monday for an incident that took place in July with two NYPD police officers. Video had been released over the summer of two officers who were in the process of arresting a suspect being doused with water, and one being hit in the head with a water bucket. A group of bystanders in the video can be seen and heard cheering on the bucket hurlers and jeering at the officers.
The New York City Police Department released a report stating they had taken Darnell Hilliard, 21, into custody at his residence on Monday in connection with the assault on the officers back in July. The incident took place in Harlem, at the corners of West 115th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. The report indicates that Hilliard was seen on the video along with 15 other individuals during the attack. Other news outlets have reported that Hilliard also goes by the name “Donnell Hillard”.
At the time of his arrest, Hilliard was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, riot, assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Fox News reported that “at his arraignment on Monday, prosecutors only brought some of those charges against the 21-year-old, dropping the riot charge and changing his assault charge to attempted assault.” It is also reported that Hilliard “remains held on $2,500 bail and is in court again on Friday.”
The New York Post reported in July that two other suspects had been arrested in regards to the same incident of the officers being attacked with water.
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“Isaiah Scott, 23, of Roebling, New Jersey, was identified as one of the two nabbed in connection with the Harlem incident.” However, it was also reported that Scott “was not arrested for anything to do with the cops.” Sources said, “Scott poured water on a female civilian and was charged with criminal mischief for damaging her cellphone.”
It was reported that Scott was not involved in that actual assault against the police officers in the video.
Also, a second suspect, “Chad Bowden, 28, was charged with criminal mischief, two counts of harassment and disorderly conduct for the incident involving the woman.”
Darnell Hilliard who was wanted for an Assault of an on duty Police Officer in the confines of the 28th Precinct has been Apprehended .Your tips were essential and proved again that our communities have no place for violence. Great job @NYPD28Pct and all involved. pic.twitter.com/pOFRVUPCcV
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) November 6, 2019
Sources indicate that there are at least ten more suspects that police are investigating for charges related to the assault on the officers in Harlem. No other information or details have been released on those individuals; however, the investigation is ongoing for the Harlem assault and more charges are expected to be sought against the perpetrators.
After many of these incidents came to light Vice President Pence took to Twitter to make a statement.
“This conduct is disgraceful. President @realDonaldTrump and I will ALWAYS stand with the brave men & women of our law enforcement who serve on the thin blue line everyday. #StandWithNYPD.”
Fox News has also reported that city councilmembers are pushing for the District Attorney’s office to create more severe punishments for those who attack cops and first responders.
After a rash of videos of assaults on officers had started to be released, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan also took to Twitter to express his outrage.
“Actions like we’ve seen in videos recently will NEVER be tolerated in this city. YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.”
It appears that the NYPD is making good on that promise.
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