Viral Video Shows Cop Fighting Off Attack in East Broadway Subway Station

Elias Hubbard
December 27, 2018

Ali's actions also earned him a citation from Councilman Chaim Deutsch, and the NYPD Muslim Officers Society, of which he's a member.

Ali had given an interview with The New York Times, where he said an officer had threatened to incarcerate him when he asked if the process was going to take much longer after an hour of waiting.

Ali, who does not use social media, was surprised.

Many in NY and elsewhere had similar reactions.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio also lauded the officer's exhibition of "extraordinary professionalism and bravery".

Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton shared the video of the incident on his own Twitter and commended the officer on his performance.

But Ali said he was glad it was filmed because it allowed him to reconstruct the episode.

"If you can't sit patiently, I can gain compliance from you by putting you in a detainment cell", he recalled a Customs and Border Protection officer telling him. "Officers get crucified for garbage sometimes".

Two other men try to hold the group back from the cop, but one of the homeless men ducks underneath his arm, loses his footing and tumbles off the platform and onto the train tracks, the video shows. He said he told the men to leave the station.

"That's when I saw they started becoming a little aggressive, more combative", he said.

Ali can be heard shouting 'stand back, I don't want to hurt you, ' as the men persistently approached him with their hands up, ready for a fight. It shows an officer using a baton and kicking at the men as they come at him.

Investigators say Ali stepped in to help a woman who was being harassed by the men on the platform Sunday night. Ali responded with his baton. But then another man broke through the informal barricade and lunged at Ali.

The man on the tracks and four other individuals were taken into custody in connection with the incident.

But many other details caught on the video were lost to him in the fog of adrenaline.

Ali had said at the time that he loved his job and enjoyed making people feel safe on the subway. He had achieved a small measure of attention after Customs and Border Protection detained him at Kennedy Airport in the early months of the Trump administration, even though he was a citizen, a NY police officer and a combat veteran who had spent two years in Kuwait.

Ali credited that military training with helping him maintain his cool when the group of men were coming at him. He said he never even considered drawing his gun, because he didn't think the situation called for it. These men were not arrested for attacking an officer.

A third will face those counts and attempted assault.

After a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer was praised for his handling of a physical altercation, the police union criticized the district attorney for not pursuing charges against the suspects.

Over the holiday, most New York City news outlets picked up on the odd story, which unfolded Sunday night in the Lower East Side station.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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