[Watch] Bangladeshi-Born New York Cop Wards Off Drunk Attackers Without Using A Gun
January 2nd, 2019 / 4:51 PM
Image Credits: NYPD Muslim
On Sunday night before Christmas, the New York Police Department (NYPD) received a complaint of harassment from a female passenger at East Broadway subway station, Manhattan. A police officer named Syed Ali immediately reached the spot to help out the passenger in distress.
According to the Dhaka Tribune, a video which has gone viral which shows that the Bangladeshi born NYPD officer, Ali, was attacked by a group of five intoxicated homeless vagrants at the subway station. In the video, it has also been shown that Ali, who is a US Army combat veteran, was pushing away the attackers with his feet and his baton.
‘I don’t want to hurt you’
The video footage shows how the man in uniform was repeatedly asking the vagrants to move back.”Step back! Step back! I don’t want to hurt you!” shouted Ali. But despite his repeated warnings, the drunk men went on advancing towards him and tried to attack him.
While the confrontation was going on, one of the attackers fell onto the tracks of the subway. The wise officer, so as to protect the life of the man, requested to cut off the electricity to the tracks. Reportedly, the five men were taken into the custody after the arrival of the backup and were then released for medical evaluation, reported Dhaka Tribune.
This is what the men and women in uniform sign up to do each day. Face the danger, no matter what type just to make sure people we serve are protected. Great work done by our proud member who showed restraint and bravery. He’s also a ranking member in @USArmy @NYPDTransit @NYCPBA pic.twitter.com/5FWcFWDE24
— NYPDMOS (@NYPDMuslim) December 24, 2018
According to New York Daily News, if a police officer deems it necessary, he or she is legally authorized to use a gun and the incident of the intoxicated men attacking Ali is one of such incidents where he could have used “necessary force”. But Syed Ali stayed back from using such deadly measures. Reportedly, Syed Ali has said that his training as a military man and as a cop helped him to be unruffled at that situation. He has also said that he did not think the use of a gun was necessary.
The police have examined the video of the attack and have tried to identify suspects. It has also been reported that the suspects have been booked for the breach of City transit rules, but the district attorney has turned down to continue with the charges.
The man in uniform, Syed Ali has been appreciated for his wisdom and presence of mind. the New York Mayor Bill de Blais has tweeted on Thursday, “What extraordinary professionalism and bravery by NYPD Officer Syed Ali”. Reportedly, Syed Ali made news last year after he was detained at the John F Kennedy International Airport for hours after arriving from Istanbul, shortly after Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The Logical Indian salutes the courageous and unruffled police officer who has not only put his duty to protect the victim at the first place but has also kept in mind the value of lives of the perpetrators.
Written by : Riddhi Chakraborty (Intern)
Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi