NYPD officer fights off group of homeless men at Manhattan subway station

ByEyewitness News via WABC logo
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
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A police officer fought off a group of men at a subway station.

NEW YORK -- Video shows a lone New York City police officer fending off several men who appear to be ganging up on him inside a Lower East Side subway station.

One of the men is seen lunging at the officer, then falling onto the tracks.

Police say the officer had asked the men, who are homeless and appeared intoxicated, to leave the East Broadway stop Sunday night after a woman complained they were harassing her.

The men refused and then became combative, according to police.

After the man fell on the tracks during the struggle, the officer asked that power to the tracks to be turned off while also asking for additional units to respond.

All five men were taken into custody and now face charges.