Police in New York City left an 84-year-old man a bloody mess on Sunday after he was caught jaywalking through an Upper West Side intersection near where a pedestrian had been killed hours earlier.
Kang Wong, who lives nearby, had been strolling north on Broadway, crossing 96th Street in the eastern crosswalk, when an officer told him to stop – for allegedly crossing against the light, just before 5 p.m. The man didn’t seem to understand English-language commands.
The cop walked him over to the Citibank near the northeast corner of 96th and Broadway. The officer stood him up against the wall and was trying to write him a ticket. The man didn’t seem to understand and he started walking away. That’s when the officer and several colleagues converged on the senior citizen, who was left badly beaten and bloodied.
The man’s blood was spilled all over the pavement, before he was handcuffed and hauled away. He was taken to a local hospital.
The exceedingly violent arrest came 12 hours after an ambulance struck an Upper West Side woman in front of her own building, sending her into the path of another vehicle and killing her on the spot, authorities said. It was the third fatal accident within two blocks of 96th Street and Broadway in a little more than a week.
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