Lesandro Guzman-Feliz

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NYPD Investigating Claims That Officers Did Not Help Dying 15-Year-Old In The Bronx

June 29, 2018 - 1:03 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The NYPD is investigating allegations that two police officers failed to immediately assist the 15-year-old Bronx teenager who was stabbed outside of a bodega last week.

Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, known as "Junior" in the Belmont section of the borough, was dragged out of a deli on the corner of Bathgate Avenue and East 183rd Street last Wednesday and stabbed repeatedly in the neck. He managed to run a block to St. Barnabas Hospital, but he didn’t survive.

Now, cell phone video from the scene shows bystanders rushing in to apply pressure to his wounds as the two police officers in question stand watching the scene.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill explained that he had watched the video and said it was unlike anything he has seen before.

He described seeing Guzman-Feliz collapse in front of hospital gates shortly before a police vehicle, arriving from an unrelated job, stopped to assist. He says the cops approached the chaotic scene and engaged with the person applying pressure to the teen’s wounds.

“I don’t see any wrongdoing,” O’Neill elaborated. “I’m sure they tried their best.”

NYPD spokesman Phil Walzak told the New York Post on Friday that the video was not turned over to the Internal Affairs Bureau but that the Bronx Borough command will review the officers’ response.

Eight have now been arrested in connection to the stabbing and O'Neill explained that the police should be focused on "the people who committed this murder, not on two cops who stopped by to help." 

The New York Police Foundation also announced Friday that two scholarships had been set up in Guzman-Feliz’s name for two NYPD Explorers graduating high school.