The Manhattan District Attorney’s office will decide in two weeks whether it plans to criminally charge an 84-year-old man who was ticketed for jaywalking in the Upper West Side in January.
Kang Wong, who was charged with jaywalking, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday.
Wong, who doesn’t speak English, claims he had no idea why an officer stopped him on W. 96th Street on Jan. 19. He gave the New York Police Department officer his ID, and the officer walked away.
Wong followed him and demanded, in Cantonese, to know what was going on.
The officer pushed him into a wall and then onto the ground. Wong’s face and neck were bloody as he was put into a patrol car.
“This is how you treat a bag of potatoes — not an elderly man,” said his attorney, Michael Bachner.
About 30 people showed up to the court to show their support for Wong.
“We’re confident the DA’s office will do the right thing,” supporter Cathy Dang told the New York Daily News, noting that “jaywalking is part of the culture” in New York City.
Bachner says that the DA’s office says it will decide whether to prosecute within the next two weeks, although the DA has three months to decide.
Wong plans to file a $5 million lawsuit against the NYPD for excessive force.