A New York City Police Department officer is in critical condition after being savagely attacked while jogging. The Tuesday assault on Muhammad Chowdhury, 48, shocked a city that is in the middle of a brutal summer crime wave.
Chowdhury was jogging in the Bronx when he was assaulted by three perpetrators. They managed to get his wallet and cell phone before ganging up on him with punches and kicks and leaving him unconscious.
He was not identified as a police officer until he failed to show up for his scheduled shift.
The officer is an 18-year veteran of the force and works in the NYPD’s Patrol Bureau in the Central Park Precinct. The one positive is that Chowdhury was treated overnight and regained consciousness. He is reportedly now able to speak with his wife and doctor.
The three assailants are believed to be responsible for at least 20 other muggings and carjackings in Queens and the Bronx. Each incident has involved physical violence against the victims.
⚡️ Off-duty NYPD Officer Muhammad Chowdhury, skull cracked during violent Bronx mugging, now off respirator: ‘He’s speaking, responding to his wife’ and doctor
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New York City is in the grips of a crime wave that defies easy explanation. Last month, the Police Department announced that crime rose an incredible 31.1% over the same month in 2021. That number comes despite a dramatic 31.6% decrease in murders.
Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends.
Other serious crimes have skyrocketed, including grand larceny (41%), robbery (31.6%), felony assault (17.3%), and rape (2.9%).
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former law enforcement official, believes the rise in crime comes from repeat offenders who are being released almost as soon as they are arrested. The state notoriously went to lenient bail policies that created a revolving door for criminals.
Cash for bail is no longer a requirement, low-level offenses draw citations instead of incarceration, and judges may release indicted individuals from jail before trial — under no conditions.
Chowdhury thankfully appears to be recovering, but the brazen attack on a jogging officer is another example of why criminals need to be locked up and not immediately be put back out on the streets. Does anyone believe the trio of assailants should not be behind bars?