A video (below) showing a police officer being attacked from behind while trying to restrain a woman in New York Friday night appeared on YouTube this morning.
Two NYPD officers were trying to apprehend a woman in Upper Manhattan when one officer was sucker-punched in the head by an attacker who approached from behind. The incident took place at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, reported The New York Daily News.
The video of the incident, found on YouTube, shows 26-year-old Terrell Mitchell continuously yelling at two NYPD officers, one male and one female, before striking the male officer in the head.
Police were trying to restrain Mitchell’s sister when the man was prompted to attack the officer.
The incident began when officers spotted the 26-year-old with an open bottle of Hennessey on W. 144th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. on Friday night, according to the Daily News.
Mitchell was therefore violating the New York City Administrative Code, which states that the consumption of alcohol or the possession of open containers of alcohol are illegal on the streets of New York City.
When the two officers approached Mitchell, his sister, 38-year-old Asia Banks, attempted to intervene, according to police. Banks became aggressive and was reportedly punching and scratching the officers trying to restrain her.
Mitchell can be heard repetitively yelling, “that’s my sister,” throughout the altercation between the two officers and Banks. He then approaches the male officer from behind and repeatedly strikes him in the head.
Mitchell was reported to have fled the scene, but was caught nearby.
According to police, Banks had reached for the female officer’s gun during the dispute. Banks is seen in the video grabbing at the officer’s wrist as the woman is putting her hand on her gun holster.
Both Mitchell and his sister were charged with assaulting a cop.
The officer who was punched in the head was treated for swelling and a cut to his mouth, according to Daily News. His glasses were also knocked off in the attack, police said. His partner suffered scratches to her arms.
Warning: Video contains strong language.
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