Man hits uniformed NYPD cop over head with stick in broad daylight

The officer was investigating a robbery in Queens when he was struck from behind in a brazen caught-on-camera attack.


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stills of footage showing suspect approach officer with stick. The officer is then seen doubling over in pain
An NYPD detective was hit over the head with a stick in a caught-on-camera attack

A man hit a uniformed NYPD cop over the head with a plastic stick on Monday in a brazen attack that happened on a busy street in broad daylight.

The officer was investigating a robbery in Queens at around 11:50 a.m. when he was approached from behind and assaulted, the NYPD said.

In widely shared footage of the shocking incident, the cop is seen standing on the sidewalk at the crime scene taking notes by some broken glass when a man carrying two long white sticks creeps up behind him.

The assailant then whacks the officer, causing him to double over in pain while holding his head.

“What happened?” a passer-by asks, as the perp calmly backs away, turns and takes off across the street.

Another uniformed cop and a man dressed in civilian clothing are then seen setting off in pursuit of the suspect.

Another uniformed officer and a man in civilian clothes setting off in pursuit of the attacker
Another uniformed officer and a man in civilian clothes set off in pursuit of the attacker

Akeele Morgan, 25, of the Bronx, was apprehended not far from the scene on 39th Avenue, near Prince Street in Flushing, police said.

mug shot of Akeele Morgan
Bronx resident Akeele Morgan has been charged over the attack

He was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The detective suffered a gash to his head and a whip mark, according to his union.

A motive for the attack is not yet known.

“Once again, New Yorkers witness just how emboldened violent criminals are,” Detectives’ Endowment Association 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.”

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