Cops bloodied an 84-year-old man and put him in the hospital Sunday when he jaywalked at an Upper West Side intersection and didn‚Äôt appear to understand their orders to stop, witnesses said.
Kang Wong was strolling north on Broadway and crossing 96th Street at around 5 p.m., when an officer told him to halt because he had walked against the light.
Police were targeting jaywalkers in the area following the third pedestrian fatality this month around West 96th Street.
Wong, who lives a block away, appeared to not understand the cop, the witnesses said.
‚ÄúThe guy didn‚Äôt seem to speak English. The cop walked him over to the Citibank‚ÄĚ near the northeast corner of 96th and Broadway, said one witness, Ian King, a Fordham University law student.
‚Äú[The officer] stood him up against the wall and was trying to write him a ticket. The man didn‚Äôt seem to understand, and he started walking away.
‚ÄúThe cop tried to pull him back, and that‚Äôs when he began to struggle with the cop,‚ÄĚ said King, 24. ‚ÄúAs soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere.‚ÄĚ
Wong was left bleeding and dazed with cuts to his face.
He was cuffed and and taken to St. Luke‚Äôs Hospital. After several hours, he was hauled off to the 24th Precinct station house.
His 41-year-old son, a lawyer who would not give his name, first said at the station house Sunday night that did not wish to discuss his feelings about the incident.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want to talk about anything like that in front of all these cops,‚Äô‚Äô he told the Post
But walking farther down the street, he said, ‚ÄúThe cops are playing
He first heard his dad had been busted in a 6 p.m. phone call from cops, who asked if the elderly man needed medication but would not say which hospital he‚Äôd been taken to. So the son went to the station house, where he said he got a similar run-around.
Finally, he found out on his own that his dad was at St. Luke‚Äôs and had been arrested for jaywalking.
‚ÄúOh, great! Beating up on an 84-year-old man for jaywalking,‚Äô‚Äô he said.
Neither the hospital nor the cops would allow him to see his dad until after 10 p.m., explaining that since he‚Äôd not been admitted, he was not a patient, but a ‚Äúprisoner.‚Äô‚Äô
Early Monday, cops fingerprinted Wong and charged him with jaywalking, resisting
Another of Wong‚Äôs sons, who also would not give his name, said the family ‚Äúwill probably press charges‚Äô‚Äô against the cops, adding:
‚ÄúHe was just walking across the street with other people, and they picked him out. How could they do that to an 84-year-old man.‚Äô‚Äô
NYPD officials said ‚Äúthe incident is under internal review.‚ÄĚ
The violence unfolded in front of several news reporters, who had been at the intersection documenting an
After Lee‚Äôs death, police resorted to the old-school tactic of writing up pedestrians for jaywalking at $250 a pop.
‚ÄúEveryone does it. Heck, the cops do it,‚ÄĚ said Emily Skeggs, 23, who was ticketed for illegally crossing the street.
Mayor de Blasio‚Äôs spokesman, Phil Walzak, said Sunday, ‚ÄúWe won‚Äôt sit by while lives are lost and families are torn apart. These latest crashes underscore the urgent need to make our streets safer, which is why we are moving decisively to enact ‚ÄėVision Zero‚Äô.‚ÄĚ
Additional reporting by David K. Li, Aaron Short, Elizabeth Ferguson and Amanda Lozada