On Monday, The NY Post reports a disturbing story about New York City police officers possibly using unnecessary force on an 84-year-old man. It appears that New York officers consider jaywalking a serious crime.
While crossing a New York street last night, a police officer ordered Kang Wong, 84, to stop because he had walked against the light. The police officer then walked Wong off the road and began writing Wong a ticket. After Wong attempted to walk away, the officer attempted to stop him. After a brief struggle between the two men, other police officers swarmed the scene and restrained Wong. The incident left the senior citizen with bloody cuts on his face.
A witness said that Wong may not have understood English.
After authorities took Wong to a hospital for his injuries, they transported Wong to the 24th precinct police station to face charges. On Monday morning, authorities fingerprinted Wong and charged him with Jaywalking, resisting arrest, and other crimes.
Wong’s sons expressed their dissatisfaction with how police treated their elderly father. One unnamed son told the Post:
“Oh, great! Beating up on an 84-year-old man for jaywalking.”
NYPD officials said they will review the incident.
Read more about this story at the New York Post website.
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