An incident unfolded at a Bronx subway station, captured on video, as two individuals attacked an NYPD cop and his partner after being asked to extinguish their cigarettes. Kaream McClary, 23, and Izayiah Jessamy, 20, are now facing charges of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and trespassing.
The altercation occurred at the Freeman Street subway station around 2:30 p.m. The officers had observed multiple individuals entering the transit system with lit cigarettes and requested them to put them out. When the suspects refused and resisted ejection from the transit system, a confrontation ensued.
Video footage shared on social media depicts McClary and Jessamy assaulting one of the officers, repeatedly striking him in the head, neck, and face. The officer is seen covering his head for protection during the scuffle. Despite the intense attack, the officer managed to corner one of the suspects and place him under arrest.
The NYPD is actively seeking information from the public to identify a third individual involved in the incident. The incident has sparked concerns about the safety of law enforcement officers in the line of duty.
The rise in assaults against officers, especially during enforcement actions, has become a growing concern, as highlighted by NYPD Transit Chief Kemper. The shocking nature of this attack raises questions about public safety in New York City.
Both officers involved in the incident suffered minor injuries and received on-scene treatment. The third suspect remains at large, and authorities are urging anyone with information to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline.
The incident underscores the challenges faced by law enforcement officers in maintaining public order and safety, as they confront increasingly aggressive situations in the line of duty.