A black man struck a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective over the head with a plastic stick in broad daylight while the officer was investigating a robbery on Monday, April 26.

At around 11:50 a.m., the detective was attacked while assessing the scene of the robbery in Queens,  NYPD reported.

Akeele Morgan, 25, of the Bronx, was apprehended near the scene on 39th Avenue near Prince Street in Flushing, the police stated.

According to footage released by the Detectives’ Endowment Association, the cop was standing outside the robbery scene, taking notes near some broken glass, when Morgan carrying two long white sticks crept up behind him. 

The attacker then smacked the officer, who knelt and clutched his head in pain.

As the attacker backed away and crossed the street, someone asked, “What happened?”

After that, another cop and a man who seemed to be a bystander were seen chasing after him.

Attack, unlawful possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct were among the charges brought against Morgan. 

According to his union, the detective received a gash to his head and a whip mark.

The motive for the attack was not immediately revealed.

“Once again, New Yorkers witness just how emboldened violent criminals are,” DEA President Paul DiGiacomo said in a statement. “If there’s anyone wondering why this happened, they can ask their elected officials who have created a city of no consequence for criminality.”

The Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA), which represents over 11,000 current and former NYPD officers, released a statement on Twitter: ‘Welcome to the city of violence’, criticizing New York City mayor of Bill de Blasio for spending $30 million on tourism rather than fighting crimes.

A shooting on Monday, which was said to be related to a botched cannabis deal, came at the end of a week that saw 50 people shot across the city.

This represents a 257 percent increase over the same period last year when the pandemic forced New Yorkers to retreat to their homes.

The New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, sought to blame the COVID-19 pandemic for the rise in crimes.

“I think it comes back to this horrible combination of things we saw, you know, people didn’t have jobs, almost a million people lost their jobs, schools were closed, houses of worship were closed. Things really were falling apart,” de Blasio said.

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