A crowd of New York City bystanders “cheered and jeered” early Saturday morning as a strapping young suspect who’d been resisting arrest successfully escaped from police custody for a short time.
Video footage of the encounter shows the suspect, 26-year-old Shawndel Evans, desperately resisting arrest by two Manhattan police officers as a nearby crowd cheers him on and roots for his escape.
“You’re a strong man — get out of there, bro!” one bystander yells.
“They don’t got you! They don’t get you! Get the f–k up out of there!” another adds.
Evans eventually breaks free and runs off, but not without first hurting an officer who falls to the ground and sustains an injury.
Watch some of what happened below (*Graphic content):
This is why officers used to have and use billy clubs.
They also used to use wrestling maneuvers to compel a suspect to comply, but they are now forbidden by the state legislature and city council.
To anyone pleased with those decisions: Enjoy losing – you excel at it. pic.twitter.com/U8JPa6cFu7
— Crime in NYC (@CrimeInNYC) March 11, 2023
It’s unclear how the situation erupted.
One witness told the New York Post that when Evans approached the two officers and asked to use their phone, one of the officers said, “Go f–k yourself.” This in turn prompted Evans into allegedly lashing out. This is one story.
The New York Police Department have another story. They say that Evans became agitated during his conversation with the officers and “began to hit the windows” of their police cruiser.
“The individual became more aggressive and struck the officers who were attempting to restrain him. One officer fell striking his head on the pavement,” the NYPD said.
Despite Evans fleeing the two officers, another set of officers eventually found and detained him at the corner of Rivington Street and Essex Street, where he reportedly continued to resist arrest.
Except that this time, he was unable to successfully escape:
Evans was subsequently reportedly charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of obstructing governmental administration, two counts of harassment, two counts of disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.
According to his mother, Nicole Evans, this is the first time he’s ever been in trouble with the law.
“He’s working, paying his bills, responsible. He’s never had an issue, never been arrested. It was very sad to hear,” she told the Post.
She added that Evans doesn’t live in NYC but had, rather, been visiting a high school friend who lives there. She suspects the altercation may have erupted after her son had possibly asked the cops to use their phone so he could locate his own.
Evans was reportedly a one-time college lacrosse player prior to his graduation from Thiel College in 2019 and
His arrest comes amid an “alarming” exodus from the NYPD.
Data reviewed by the Post shows that “239 officers tapped out in January and February, a 36% spike from the 176 who fled in the same period last year and a disturbing 117% jump from the 110 in 2021.”
“That’s the highest number of resignations for the first two months of a year since 250 members quit in 2007 during a contentious contract dispute,” according to the Post.
The NYPD saw 3,701 cops retire or resign in 2022, the most since the post-9/11 exodus in 2002, when 3,846 cops said goodbye to the job pic.twitter.com/k61UGfq2lT
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) January 7, 2023
Officers are reportedly leaving because of high stress, low pay, and little respect.
“The NYPD needs to be rebuilt from the ground up — it’s unfixable in its current state. It’s not just politics and poor pay,” one disgruntled veteran Manhattan officer told the Post.
“Precinct cops are being forced to work an inhumane amount of overtime, including on their days off, while being penalized for minor uniform and administrative infractions. Meanwhile, precincts barely have enough personnel to meet the minimum required to safely answer 911 calls,” the officer added.
If the exodus continues at its current pace, an estimated 1,400 officers will have resigned by the end of 2023. Some of the officers are leaving to work for the city’s metro system. Many others are leaving to relocate to Florida.
“Alexandre Tilan was a cop in the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, before he decided to leave in May for the St. Petersburg Police Department in Florida. The 29-year-old had just six years on the force, nowhere near the 22-year threshold to qualify for a full pension,” according to the Post.
Tilan told the Post that he deals with “lower stress, higher pay, better support” working in Florida.
“I’ve had a few [NYPD pals] reach out to me asking how to start the process [to also switch to the Florida department],” he said.
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