WATCH: NYPD Officer Clashes With Hostile Homeless Men In Subway

December 25, 2018 - 3:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – An officer working solo managed to fend off a group of homeless men who were coming at him in a Manhattan subway station.

Some of the men, visibly drunk and stumbling, were aggressively marching towards the officer, who can be heard shouting “stand back” in a video posted to Facebook.

The officer was responding to a call from a woman who said a group of men were harassing her in the East Broadway F line station in Lower Manhattan Sunday night.

The officer can be seen swinging his baton and kicking at the men as they move towards him.

One of the men fell onto the tracks before the officer called for backup and had the MTA cut power to the third rail.

All five men were arrested, but all of them were ultimately released without being charged, according to the New York Post. Three of the men were released from Transit District 4, and the District Attorney declined to charge the other two men when they were taken to Manhattan Criminal Court. 

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch took a swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio on the issue of homelessness, saying in part, “Once again, in de Blasio’s New York, we see a police officer having to rectify a problem allowed to fester by the inaction of this administration.”

Councilman Chaim Deutsch said he visited the NYPD Transit Task Force in North Brooklyn to thank the officer, Syed Ali, “for his quick action to defend civilians and himself against five individuals attacking on a subway platform.” 

Deutsch expressed gratitude that Ali was able to handle the altercation without firing a shot. 

“Officer Ali showed restraint and discipline in how he de-escalated the situation,” Deutsch tweeted Tuesday.