Surveillance video (below) of a 64-year-old man being sucker punched on a street in Queens, New York, which led to his death was released by the police to the public on Nov. 2. Patrick Gorman was punched for accidentally bumping into his attacker's girlfriend on the city street.
Friends and family members of Gorman have criticized the police for releasing the video more than four months after his death.
"The video could have been released the last week in June or the first week in July," said Bryan Gorman, the victim’s brother, New York Daily News reports. "Between the time it happened and last week, it seemed like there really wasn't much being done on it."
The video shows a man in a white T-shirt catching up to the victim on a street corner a block from Gorman's home, and knocking him down to the ground with a single punch shortly after midnight on June 26.
Gorman reportedly said "excuse me" to the woman after bumping into her, the Daily Mail reports. The recording shows an injured Gorman having problems getting up as his attacker calmly walks away from the site with his girlfriend by his side.
Gorman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital but died nine hours later, police said. Law enforcement hopes the public can identify the attacker so he can be brought to justice.
The suspect is about 30 to 35 years old with short black hair. In the video, he is seen wearing a white T-shirt, sneakers, black shorts and is holding a black bag.
His girlfriend, who walked away from the scene and ignored Gorman, has short hair. In the video, she is wearing a white T-shirt, sandals and blue jeans.
Complications from a stroke and a heart condition contributed to the fatal effect of the punch, the city medical examiner stated in late October. Gorman's death was ruled a homicide.
New York police were uncertain until the medical examiner released findings on Oct. 29 on whether the punch or Gorman's poor health led to his death. Once the forensics report was filed, police released the video as part of their investigation into the homicide.