VIDEO: Female Punches Cop, Claims She Can't Be Jailed Because She's Essential
Bronx, NY – The woman who punched a New York police officer in the head during a sidewalk brawl on Tuesday night is an “essential worker” who should be released from jail without bail, according to her defense attorney (video below).
The incident began on the sidewalk near Davidson Avenue and 183rd Street in University Heights, the New York Post reported.
Two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers had responded to the area to apprehend 27-year-old alleged robbery suspect, Yoemdy Castro.
Cell phone footage showed Castro lying on the sidewalk as one of the officers placed him into handcuffs.
His partner watched over the arrest from just feet away as a crowd of onlookers began heckling the officers.
Meanwhile, a man wearing a medical mask moved in behind him, then abruptly slugged the unsuspecting officer in the side of his head, the video showed.
The blow knocked the officer’s hat off of his head, and he immediately drew his Taser and appeared to fire it at his attacker.
The suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Nelson Jimenez, managed to evade him and took off running down the middle of the street as onlookers encouraged his effort to get away.
“Run! Run!” the bystanders screamed, as the officer chased the suspect down the roadway.
The other officer stayed behind to keep Castro under control.
Another cell phone video showed Isom as she repeatedly attempted to push her way past an officer to get to Castro and the officer who had him detained on the ground.
Isom screamed in the officer’s face and repeatedly put her hands on him, at which point he shoved her away.
“Ms. Isom puts her hands on the officer…she attempts to swing at him and misses,” Bronx Prosecutor Alessandra Ambrosi told the judge during Isom’s court appearance on Thursday, according to the New York Post.
“She attempts to swing at him again and makes a connection with his right jaw,” the prosecutor explained.
Isom also allegedly threw punches at the officer prior to the start of the video, Ambrosi added.
The officer swung back at his attacker, and appeared to hit Isom in the face.
The crowd of angry bystanders immediately began accosting and yelling at the officers, the video showed.
“What the f--k wrong with you, man?” one onlooker hollered. “You crazy? That’s a female! You just hit a female!”
As additional officers arrived at the scene and moved in to take Isom into custody, she shoved and officer away and began resisting arrest, the video showed.
She was ultimately taken to the ground and placed into handcuffs as the other officers tried to hold the angry mob back.
Isom was arrested on charges of obstructing governmental administration and assault, the New York Post reported.
Police ultimately apprehended Jimenez inside a bodega, and has been charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, assault, obstruction of governmental administration, and assault on a peace officer.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted that Jimenez’s attack was a “premeditated assault on a uniformed police officer.”
“Disturbing on many levels, what he should now receive is a conviction for a class D Felony and a lengthy sentence in State Prison. Period,” the commissioner added.
After Isom’s arrest, her 59-year-old mother spoke to the New York Post on the condition that they not release her name because she is a federal employee.
She argued that the officer should have arrested her daughter in order to restrain her, and said he was out of line to strike her in the face.
“That was revenge right there,” she declared. “That was payback for the guy who punched [the other cop].”
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has spoken out in support of the officers involved in the melee.
“We are satisfied that any force used in the apprehension was appropriate,” NYPD spokesperson Sergeant Jessica McRorie told the New York Post. “And any other force used was in response to attack. This was an assault on police and to suggest otherwise is offensive. Period.”
During Isom’s court appearance on Thursday, defense attorney Iliana Santiago argued that her client is an essential worker who delivers “medicine” to sick New York residents, the New York Post reported.
Santiago alleged that the officer was the one who hit Isom first, and argued that Isom has “never gotten in trouble” in the past.
She asked the judge to release Isom without bail, but that request was flatly denied.
“When someone goes to interfere with a police officer, that to me makes them a flight risk,” the judge said during the hearing, according to the New York Post. “I would think someone in this kind of position would know better than try to get involved with officers trying to make an arrest.”
Isom is being held on $5,000 bail.
You can watch footage of the officers’ encounter with Isom in the video below: