Authorities release NYPD bodycam footage of police attack by migrants

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Body camera footage of a vicious attack on two New York City police officers by a group of immigrants was released Thursday, hours after authorities announced charges against seven people in the case.

The Jan. 27 attack occurred as NYPD officers and lieutenants were attempting to disperse a disorderly crowd, police said. They were repeatedly kicked and punched in the head and body, authorities said.

One police body camera footage shows two officers walking toward a group of people on 42nd Street around 8:30 p.m. One officer was heard instructing the group to “vamos” and move toward 41st Street.

“Don’t touch me,” Yoenri Brito, who was wearing a yellow jacket, was heard telling the officer in Spanish.

As the rest of the group leaves, they start chanting something in Spanish. At one point, Brito talks about one of the cops and appears to reference the Columbia show “Ugly Betty.”

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In January, New York City police officers were attacked by immigrants in Times Square. On Thursday, seven suspects were charged in connection with the assault. (New York City Police Department)

A police officer then grabs Brito and forces him against a building. Brito can be heard asking in Spanish, “Why are you touching me?” and “Why are you stopping me?”

A few seconds later, a scuffle ensues, and Brito appears to be trying to escape. At that moment, the officer’s body camera fell to the ground.

Officials said street camera footage showed the officers wrestling with Burrito on the ground while being kicked and punched by other members of the group. Someone wearing a white jacket was seen pushing the police and running away.

Brito’s coat came off during the scuffle, and officers could be seen trying to subdue him while fending off multiple attacks from other suspects.

Darwin Andres Gomez Izquiel, 19, Wilson Juarez, 21, Kelvin Servita Arocha, 19, and Yeoman Rebelon, 24, were the first four arrested. He was part of a group of people, but was later released without bail. Brito was arrested on January 31st and is being held at Rikers Island.

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Yoenly Brito moments before a scuffle with two NYPD officers in Times Square. (New York City Police Department)

João Boada, 22, was also later arrested and seen. Turn off Reporters upon release. He has not been charged.

Arocha, Gomez-Izquiel and Rebelon are all charged with two counts each of second-degree assault and obstruction of governmental administration. Juarez, who was a bystander during the attack, is charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering his prosecution.

Brito is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, obstructing administrative execution, tampering with physical evidence, and hindering prosecution.

Two other people have been charged, but authorities have not released their names or charges. All charges against the seven suspects are felonies.

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New York City police officers struggle with a suspect during an attack on law enforcement by immigrants in Times Square. (New York City Police Department)

During the assault, Gomez-Izquiel grabbed one officer and kicked another, authorities said. Leveron, who has two other unrelated cases pending, allegedly grabbed two officers, pulled them and threw them to the ground.

Mr. Juarez and Mr. Arocha did not punch or kick the officers. Police said Arrocha kicked the police radio, and Juarez handed Brito a gray jacket in an attempt to shake off investigators. Boada allegedly kicked the officer in the upper body at least once, but has not been charged as the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate his role.

One of the two unidentified suspects charged in the case is said to have kicked and grabbed a police officer. He was arrested on the spot and released by police. The other person grabbed the officer, police said.

In addition, three other people who may have been involved in the attack have not been identified, police said. Police said one person kicked the officer in the head multiple times and grabbed him around the chest. Authorities said the second person kicked the officer once in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, and the third person also kicked the officer in the leg.

Authorities believe 11 people may have been involved in the attack.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has come under heavy criticism from law enforcement and the public after four suspects initially arrested were released without bail.

“This assault … was sickening and outraged,” Bragg said at a news conference Thursday. “As a lifelong New Yorker, I do not condone attacks on police officers, and certainly not as Manhattan District Attorney.”

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On Thursday, former Mayor Eric Adams new york city police officerdefended immigrants as a whole, but said there were also “minorities who participate in illegal activities.”

“There should never be any indication that the overwhelming number of immigrants and asylum seekers are law-abiding and pursuing the American dream,” Adams said Thursday.