NYPD Officer Put on Desk Duty for “Act of Cowardice” Caught on Camera

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NYPD Officer Put on Desk Duty for “Act of Cowardice” Caught on Camera

When you think of police officers or military members, you probably think of heroes – you know, people willing to do whatever they can to help and save others, right? Well, it’s clear that not all officers of the law are what we would consider heroes.

According to the New York Post, a New York police officer was involved in a brutal beating on a subway recently. No, he wasn’t the one being beaten, and he wasn’t doing the beating either. But he didn’t do much better.

Instead, he just stood and watched as his partner and fellow officer was beaten by two knife-wielding thugs.

According to the Post and police records, Manual Morales and his partner, Lt. Gypsy Pichardo, were called out to reports of a knife fight around 9 pm. When they got there, they told the two suspects to get off the subway.

Instead, the two men, both 24-year-olds, attacked 53-year-old Pichardo.

Video from the surrounding subway platform shows the men punching Pichardo in the face and body in a subway car. And since they were also armed with knives, there were some lacerations.

Meanwhile, Morales is seen simply holding open the subway car door and watching. Hell, he didn’t even call it in or request help. He says he did, but no record of any transmissions can be found, and neither was Morales’s body cam on.

The suspects have since been charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, and disorderly conduct.

Naturally, the incident hasn’t sat too well with most of Morales’ fellow officers.

As one veteran police officer told the Post, “That’s an act of cowardice. He shouldn’t be on the job if he’s not going to help other officers.”

And if he’s not willing to help out even his own partner, how likely do you think it is that he’ll help a stranger in need, you know, the people he swore to ‘serve and protect?’

What do you think?