NYPD Officer Assaulted in Turnstile Incident: Woman Throws Punch

NYPD Officer Assaulted in Turnstile Incident: Woman Throws Punch

According to the NYPD, an officer was struck in the face on Tuesday morning in Harlem while apprehending a fare evader on the subway. The officer’s nose was broken, according to the police, and the 24-year-old lady was brought into custody.

The woman was approached by an officer, according to the police, who wanted to summon her for using the turnstile without paying.

It is said that she got aggressive and hit him in the face and head. Charges against the lady are still pending, and the officer was sent to the hospital.

The fight broke out inside the 125th Street-Lexington Avenue station shortly before eight in the morning. This is the same station where a subway passenger was killed on Monday after being thrown over the rails.

It follows the announcement by the NYPD that it would send 800 policemen to the transit system to launch a week-long campaign against fare dodgers.

At the announcement on Monday, NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper stated, “The tone of law and order starts at the turnstiles. Fare evasion enforcement and turnstile presence is a key component to our crime-reduction strategy.”

The department’s total amount of fare evasion tickets in at least five years was over 124,000 civil summonses and over 1,300 criminal summonses issued for fare evasion last year.

The strategy, according to some in the city, targets commuters of color. According to a recent study by John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Black and Hispanic individuals, who together account for barely 52% of the city’s population, received 85% of all criminal summonses in New York City over the previous two years.

According to Anna Stenkamp, research associate at John Jay College’s Data Collaborative for Justice, “it’s clear the NYPD has shifted their focus to this low-level enforcement in their practices, but these racial disparities have continued and they’ve actually gotten worse. Black and Brown people are overly burdened with the stops and interactions with the NYPD, so I wouldn’t expect fare evasion to be any different.”

According to the NYPD, these kinds of fare-evasion crackdowns will continue in the coming weeks.