Body camera footage released on Thursday reveals the harrowing attack on two members of the NYPD in Times Square at the end of last month. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced that he has identified 11 individuals involved in the assault, with seven of them indicted as of Thursday afternoon. However, two of the indicted suspects remain unidentified by the NYPD, leaving five individuals still unaccounted for.
The incident unfolded around 8:30 p.m. on January 27, when officers confronted a group of asylum seekers blocking the sidewalk on West 42nd Street. The situation escalated, culminating in a confrontation where 24-year-old Yohenry Brito was pressed against a wall by an officer. According to Bragg, Brito’s refusal to comply triggered a group assault on the two police officers.
“This assault, as it did to many of you, sickened me and outraged me,” Bragg expressed. “We all rely on our members of the NYPD to keep us safe and keep this the safest big city in America. As a lifelong New Yorker, I do not tolerate attacks on our police officers, and certainly I do not as Manhattan district attorney. So, let me be clear, plain and simple. The behavior depicted that of you have seen is despicable.”
Addressing previous criticism regarding the handling of the case, Bragg emphasized the meticulous review undertaken to ensure that only those individuals directly involved in criminal acts were charged. He asserted confidence in the thoroughness of the investigation, stating that all individuals who participated in the attack have been identified and charged accordingly.
The incident underscores the importance of holding perpetrators accountable while safeguarding innocent individuals from unwarranted prosecution. As the investigation continues, authorities remain vigilant in their efforts to bring all suspects to justice.