An 84-year-old man was thrown to the ground and left with a bloodied face after an encounter with police Sunday.
The police presence around 96th street was high on Sunday after 26-year-old Samantha Lee was hit by two vehicles and killed on Sunday morning. They were apparently giving tickets for jaywalking, and we heard multiple reports of aggressive police tactics. Liz Patek, for instance, told us police grabbed her bike and blocked her while she was walking her bike across Broadway and 96th Sunday. She said the officer told her: “streets are for cars.”
Another incident left an 84-year-old man with severe wounds to his head.
The New York Post was at the scene: “Kang Wong, who lives nearby, had been strolling north on Broadway, crossing 96th Street in the eastern crosswalk, when an officer told him to stop — for allegedly crossing against the light, just before 5 p.m.”
Wong, the Post said, didn’t seem to understand English and walked away as the officer wrote him a ticket. The officer tried to hold him at the scene, but Wong apparently struggled, a witness told the Post.
“As soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere.”
The man’s blood was spilled all over the pavement, before he was handcuffed and hauled away.
“The incident is under internal review,” Deputy Chief Kim Royster tells us.
— Sonia Moghe (@soniamoghe) January 19, 2014