The moment an unhinged man attacked a New York City police officer inside a Brooklyn Target on Tuesday was captured on video.
Video shows a man wrestling the officer on the floor of the retail store as he tries to choke the cop.
The assault occurred around 2 p.m. when the officer noticed the man acting ‘disorderly and flipping items on shelves onto the ground’ before he ‘began menacing the officer with a metal bottle’ in the Atlantic Terminal Mall store, the NYPD said.
Henroy Johnson, 44, was later identified as the man who threatened the officer with a metal bottle before wrestling the officer to the ground, according to police.
He continued to make ‘verbal threats and became physically aggressive’ with the officer, police said.
The footage begins with Johnson and the officer entangled on the floor of the Target punching each other as a Target employee casually moves a railing out the way while the two roll around.
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Henroy Johnson, 44 (right), attacked the officer in a Brooklyn Target on Tuesday
Video shows them wrestling and Johnson attempting to choke the officer
Johnson was arrested after the scuffle
In one frame, Johnson appears to try to strangle the officer, who is seen is on his back.
Target employees and shoppers walk by as Johnson and the officer continue to struggle.
Johnson gets up first with the officer standing on his feet next, holding Johnson by his gray hoodie. Johnson is seen holding a roll of something in his hand as he attempts to walk away and then grabs the officer by his leg and tackles him back to the floor.
Johnson was arrested and charged with assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, menacing, disorderly conduct and obstruction, according to the NYPD.
He is connected to an address on Bowery, the NYPD reported.
The officer was reportedly working paid detail at the Brooklyn Target and was treated at the store for bruises and scratches to his head, eyes and cheek.
The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) of the City of New York, the largest police union in the city, shared the video on Instagram.
PBA President Patrick J. Lynch wrote: ‘This video is incredibly disturbing. We have a police officer in distress, and nobody helps him. Is this the city we want?
‘Has this become normal? It has to stop. We need your help. We need your help on the street, and we need your help to force our reckless elected officials to do their job.’
The video of the violent assault comes as New York City continues to struggle with rising violent crimes.
Overall crime was up 11.2 percent last month compared with October 2020. Robbery was up 15.8 percent and felony assault rose by 13.8 percent.
Meanwhile, gun violence in the borough has significantly increased, with 28 percent more shootings reported this year compared to last, according to police data.
Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio this month blamed the courts for New York City’s skyrocketing crime numbers as he touted a small decrease in the murder rate while ignoring an 11 percent jump in overall crime over October 2020.
‘In this city, real change is happening. We’ve got more to do for sure but real change is happening,’ de Blasio said during a press conference. ‘It’s about precision policing, it’s about neighborhood policing, these approaches work.’
De Blasio has defended ‘neighborhood policing’ and his decision to disband the plainclothes anti-crime unit, which has been involved in several highly-publicized police shootings.
‘Commissioner Shea, who has been at this work now for, you know, most of 30 years, he felt that the unit as constructed was not only creating a disconnect with communities, and ill will and some bad incidents,’ de Blasio said on WNYC’s ‘The Brian Lehrer Show.’
He continued: ‘He thought it was also not the best way to get guns off the street and the best way to have successful prosecutions. And he wanted more of those officers in uniform, same talented officers, doing the work a different way. That happened and gun arrests have gone up, up, up.’
However, Mayor-elect Eric Adams has pledged to bring back the unit.
‘That’s an indictment on us that we have to disband something because the people assigned aren’t doing their job. How about saying, ‘You’re going to do your job’? Because if that officer is abusive in a plainclothes assignment, he’s going to be abusive in uniform,’ said Adams, a former cop.
‘No police commissioner is going to tell you, you can’t police in the city without having some form of plainclothes unit,’ he added.