NEW YORK CITY, NY – The Manhattan District Attorney announced on Thursday that seven migrants who were captured on camera attacking New York City police officers in Times Square have been indicted by a grand jury, following widespread public outrage over the incident.
During a news conference, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg expressed his disgust and anger for the assault, stating, “As a lifelong New Yorker, I do not tolerate attacks on our police officers and certainly I do not as Manhattan district attorney.”
The attack, which was caught on CCTV camera footage, led to the meticulous review of the suspects’ roles in the incident. Of the seven indicted suspects, five had been previously arrested and released with no bail, while two others are currently being sought. Some of the individuals who were released on bail have fled the state, sparking calls for the removal of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg by New York Republican lawmakers.
In a separate incident, the video of the attack shows one of the migrants stomping on a police lieutenant’s head and then kicking another officer in the back. Following the incident, police reported that several of the suspects had fled to California.
The Manhattan District Attorney emphasized that his office is working diligently with law enforcement to ensure that everyone responsible for the attacks faces justice.
Since 2022, over 170,000 migrants have arrived in New York City, adding to the complexity of addressing such incidents within the city.
Overall, the indictment of the seven migrants and the subsequent actions taken by the authorities reflect the ongoing challenges faced in addressing assaults on law enforcement officers and the broader issue of public safety.