A driver is said to have thrown a lit Molotov cocktail at a police officer in New York City on Saturday morning, the latest brutal act as the city experiences a spate of crime.
The NYPD has released a video of the start of the incident, which took place just before 8 a.m. on Saturday morning in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
In the video, a police officer gets out of their patrol car and approaches the driver’s side of the vehicle, a 2000 Lincoln Town Car, while another officer approaches from the other side of the vehicle.
The driver had reportedly passed a red light before being stopped.
An officer knocks on the side window of the car and the driver rolls down the window.
The NYPD has released a video of a shocking attack on an officer during a traffic stop on Saturday
The traffic stop started around 8 a.m., when police stopped a 2000 Lincoln Town Car after the vehicle’s driver allegedly ran a red light in East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Officers approached the vehicle and asked for a driver’s license and registration, which the driver claimed not to have
The officer asks the man behind the wheel for driver’s license and registration, who tells the driver he doesn’t have one.
The police officer then takes note of the darkness of the windows and asks if there are any curtains covering them.
The officer asks the driver again for his driver’s license and registration, but the driver begins to get out of the vehicle.
‘What are you going out for?’ Asks the officer.
After some crosstalk, the officer gives the man permission to open the car door.
Suddenly, the driver’s side door flips open and the motorist throws an unknown liquid chemical on the officer, who recoils and walks backward.
The driver got out and threw a liquid chemical at the officer
After dumping the liquid on the officer, the officer recoiled and the suspect fled the scene
“Ah s ** t,” the officer exclaims several times, while the other officer asks what just happened.
PIX 11 reports that the officers called for support as the driver in his vehicle fled the scene.
A few blocks from the site of the chemical throw, the 44-year-old suspect – who has not been identified – stopped his car, got out and threw a lit Molotov cocktail at a police car, police said.
Police say the missile missed the vehicle and fell to the ground, without officers being injured by the errant throw.
Pictured: One of the Molotov cocktails police discovered. The suspect threw a lit Molotov cocktail at the police and missed his target when the projectile broke on the ground
After that, the driver allegedly hit a parked SUV with his car and the police were able to take the driver into custody, where charges are pending against him.
According to the police, three more Molotov cocktails were found in the vehicle of the suspect after his arrest.
The NYPD posted a photo of one of the Molotov cocktails on Twitter.
The officer doused in the unknown chemical was treated in the hospital for chemical burns and blurred vision.
Officials said ABC7 that the chemical may have been bleach or peroxide, but it has not been confirmed at this time.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted about the incident Saturday afternoon.
“Words matter,” Shea said, referring to the anti-police discourse in the wake of the high-profile police shootings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo.
Earlier this week, we said that again after graffiti proclaiming ‘kill cops’. This morning .. thrown a Molotov cocktail at an occupied marked police car. Now is more than ever the time to come together, to move on together. ‘
Shea also said, “NYPD agents will not yield to their mission to protect you.”
Images on the Citizen app showed the aftermath of the Lincoln Town Car crash
The NYPD faces a challenging mission as New York City is in the midst of one of the greatest crime spikes in recent memory.
According to New York police, Saturday’s incident is up 77 percent over the past year in the past year.
The NYPD reported 99 shooting incidents in March 2021, up from 56 a year ago, representing an increase of nearly 77 percent, even as police dramatically stepped up efforts to arrest suspects on gun charges.
There were also 492 gun arrests in the city last month, which is an increase of nearly 67 percent from March 2020.
Overall crime rose 2.4 percent, compared to the same time last year, according to March statistics.
That increase is driven by a 36 percent increase in homicides and a 35 percent increase in car thefts.