An elderly man was hospitalized in New York this Sunday after being beaten by police during a jaywalking arrest. In an effort to curb deaths related to unsafe street crossings, police have been cracking down on jaywalking in the area surrounding 96th street where 84 year-old Kang Wong attempted to cross the street against the light. Witnesses say that Wong did not seem to understand English, but that didn’t stop police from attempting to beat some understanding into him.
Ian King, a bystander, said that “(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,” King said. “The cop tried to pull him back, and that’s when he began to struggle with the cop. As soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere.”
The altercation left Wong bleeding, and he was taken to the local hospital in handcuffs then on to the 24th precinct station house.
Wong’s son said that the “cops are playing games.” According to him, the police refused to even tell him with what his father was being charged with or even which hospital housed his father. They simply asked if the elderly man needed medication.
Wong was eventually charged with jaywalking, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct. The family plans to press charges against police, and the incident is under “internal review.”
Watch a report on the incident below: