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NYC cop attackers released without bail after beating up NYPD officer

A Bronx judge on Monday released two thugs accused of punching a police officer, but one New York City police official called it “upside down.”

Kareem McCrary, 23, and Isaiah Jessamy, 20, were arrested at the Freeman Street subway station when Officer John Hernandez and his partner lit them with cigarettes, according to court documents and the New York City Police Department. He was charged Tuesday with assault after he asked him to turn it off. .

At a hearing in Bronx Criminal Court, prosecutors asked that bail be set at either $10,000 or $30,000.

However, Judge Eugene Bowen released them without bail, according to court records.

Patrick Hendry, president of the Police Benevolent Association union, hit out at the decision.

“This shows the completely upside-down world we live in,” Hendry said in a statement.

“New Yorkers need to speak up and start demanding real punishment for those who assault police officers,” he said.

“If the officers protecting our streets and subways are not safe, they are not safe.”

Al Baker, director of communications for the New York State Administrative Office of Courts, defended the decision to release the suspects after arraignment.

Kareem McCrary, 23, and Isaiah Jessamy, 20, were charged Tuesday with assault for allegedly beating Officer John Hernandez.
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At a hearing in Bronx Criminal Court, prosecutors asked that bail be set at either $10,000 or $30,000.
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“The decision to release, made after reviewing the facts and circumstances of the case, ensures that the defendant will return to court,” he said in a statement to the Post.

Violent video of Monday’s fight posted on social media shows three men getting into an argument with the officer and repeatedly punching Hernandez in the head, face and neck.

During the scuffle, which was caught on camera, Hernandez covered his head to protect himself.

“Come on, take him down!” a man can be seen screaming as police struggle with the attacker.

The NYPD is still searching for the third assailant after issuing a welfare notice.
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Two officers eventually collared two of the assailants at the scene, but the third assailant managed to escape, according to the video.

The shocking video was not mentioned at the arraignment, officials told the Post.

Officials said both defendants had no criminal history and had been recommended for release by the Criminal Justice Agency.

The brazen bashing comes as assaults against NYPD officers have jumped more than 25% this year, according to data obtained by The Post last month.

Two officers eventually collared two of the assailants at the scene, but the third assailant managed to escape, according to the video.
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Officials said both defendants had no criminal history and had been recommended for release by the Criminal Justice Agency.
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Attorneys for McCrary and Jessamy did not respond to requests for comment.

The next court date is scheduled for December 18th.

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