A group of teenagers in Emeryville, California, were arrested on Black Friday after allegedly assaulting a woman and an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer, according to authorities.
The assault that took place on Friday, November 29 at around 8:00 p.m. had stemmed from a woman returning to an area of the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville where she believed she was robbed. All it took was for someone to inquire about their missing property, and a fray broke loose.
The female who was assaulted in the case had located a group of juveniles who she believed were associated with the suspect of the robbery that she claimed she was the victim of. When she approached the group, she asked them to return her cell phone, but they reportedly became hostile and began to violently shove her.
The video of the incident shows the woman, who’s clearly smaller than the aggressor, getting pushed repeatedly by a male suspect in the case.
There were numerous people in the area witnessing the violent act, with some walking away and ignoring what they saw, while others were standing nearby. After roughly a minute of the woman getting shoved and also circled around by the teens, an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer witnessed the group of juveniles assaulting the victim and intervened.
During the video, it looked as though the officer pulled out his cell phone to take photos of the suspects. That is when the group turned their aggression toward him and began to assault him.
The California Highway Patrol officer begins to run, as the group of thugs began to throw punches at him from all sides and then chased him when he fled. The group had repeatedly struck and choked him until he was unconscious.
Reports said that a girl who was with the group began to assault the female victim while the males in the group attacked the male officer. When the officer regained consciousness, he pepper sprayed one suspect who was continuing to be combative.
Emeryville police officers arrived and detained several juveniles. Two were identified and arrested, ages 15 and 16, for the assault. Another suspect was also arrested in connection with the attack on a later date, who was later identified as a 14-year-old juvenile, as well.
There is an ongoing problem with young teens deciding to assault their elders, or in this case that happened over in Queens back in October, the elderly.
Two teenagers who had allegedly shoved down and punched and kicked a 79-year-old man were arrested on gang assault charges. The elderly man was attempting to break up the teens play fight that was going on outside of a public library.
A disturbing display that was caught on video and released by police showed 18-year-old Nyziere Lodge and a 15-year-old unnamed juvenile mercilessly beating on a senior citizen, Joseph Bonaventure, who was actively trying to retreat from their taunting threats.
The assault, which happened just after 11:00 a.m. on October 8, left Bonaventure with some severe injuries that required immediate medical attention. The victim had sustained a broken femur and ribs, according to police.
This horrific act had all started when Lodge and the younger teen appeared to have been mock fighting in front of the Cambria Heights Public Library on Linden Avenue. They were approached by Bonaventure, who tried to break up the play fight between the youngsters, according to police.
WANTED for ASSAULT: 79-year-old male was chased and beaten by 2 teenagers in front of 218-13 Linden Blvd in Queens on 10/10/19 at approx. 11:15 a.m. Victim sustained a broken femur and broken ribs. Any info, call 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/awyMdjlYF8
— New York City 911 (@NYC_Alerts911) October 29, 2019
Apparently trying to stop kids from inadvertently hurting each other is something worthy of a thrashing by the suspects’ perspectives. The boys turned their playful energy into fierce hostility toward the man and began chasing him down the sidewalk, as shown on the video.
One of the kids pushed Bonaventure to the ground while the other released an onslaught of punches to his face and chest, according to the police and video footage. The attackers fled, and Bonaventure was taken to Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital.
All we can say to the new NYPD commissioner is… good luck.
On Sunday, Dermot Shea took over as the 44th police commissioner in the history of the New York City Police Department.
Up until today, every month Shea would sit in with NYPD officials and the mayor to brief reporters on the latest crime statistics. In the briefing room, there is a big, blue sign saying:
“Safest Big City in America.”
Now, Shea has the ultimate responsibility for maintaining that status. However, Shea faces strong headwinds in keeping that going.
Shea is replacing James O’Neill, who retired to become the head of global security for Visa, Inc. Both O’Neill and Shea have been raising concerns about new criminal justice reforms that take effect on January 1, which LET has reported about recently.
In addition, there is a plan to close the Rikers Island jail complex and replace it with four new jails citywide.
“The deck is stacked against him,” said Joseph Giacalone, a former NYPD sergeant who is now teaching at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Changes that will be taking place on Jan. 1 include the elimination of bail for non-violent felonies, issuance of appearance tickets instead of arrests for low-level offenses, and the requirement that law enforcement officials provide additional information to defendants earlier in the criminal justice process.
O’Neill is concerned that people involved in violent crimes will be released whenever they get picked up for lesser offenses. He said:
“It’s a lot to throw at us at one time.”
Criminal justice reform advocates say the changes will bring overdue fairness to a system that has long filled jails with people who are accused of low-level crimes and are unable to afford bail.
This comes amid a push in various corners to move away from mass incarceration. Some more radical proposals, such as that from Socialist New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, suggest eliminating jails and prisons completely.
People who are more committed to a “law and order” way of conducting business are afraid that these proposals will make the city less safe.
The proposal to close Rikers brings with it another set of issues. Officials are pushing to reduce the number of people locked up daily by more than half, to 3,300 inmates by 2026. The number stands at 7,000 today.
A significant drop in the crime rate, along with a shift in the NYPD approach to minor offenses have already cut the city’s jail population, which peaked at nearly 22,000 in 1991. Ironically, that is the year that Shea joined the department.
Under former mayors Rudy Giuliani and even Michael Bloomberg, New York had earned a reputation as being tough on crime.
The NYPD implemented the model prevalent in the 1990’s and championed by former president Bill Clinton. By implementing the so-called “broken windows theory” of policing, which treated low level offenses as a gateway to bigger crimes, the crime rate dropped rather significantly.
Shea and O’Neill worked together to unwind that program. Shea developed a more data-driven strategy for fighting and preventing crime, which resulted in officers being pushed out of their patrol cars and onto the streets in order to build bonds with residents.
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Shea referred to the approach as neighborhood policing and said that it is vital to coping with the shifting criminal justice landscape.
Police officers were more increasingly focused on drivers of crime such as gangs and drugs, while looking for alternatives to arresting and incarcerating people in many other cases, he said.
However, the drop in crime can be possibly traced to another factor. In recent years, officers switched to writing tickets for minor offenses instead of making arrests.
“The blueprint, I think is here,” Shea said. I think it’s time to build on it. There is more work to do for all. We cannot and will not rest until all New Yorkers feel safe.”
Shea worked his way up the ranks over a 28-year NYPD career, from Bronx patrolman to chief of detectives. Bill de Blasio stated he was “dazzled” early on by Shea’s intellect and saw him as “the future of the NYPD.”
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