According to police, the officer and her partner were a performing a vertical patrol of the Governor DeWitt Clinton Houses in East Harlem when they noticed four people at one of the buildings' front door at around 1:30 a.m. Credit: File/Metro
A female police officer is healing on Sunday after an unnamed man punched her in the middle of an arrest in East Harlem early Sunday.
According to police, the officer and her partner were a performing a vertical patrol of the Governor DeWitt Clinton Houses in upper Manhattan when they noticed four people at one of the buildings' front door at around 1:30 a.m.
Authorities said that three men and one woman were smoking marijuana in the open, prompting both officers to arrest them.
However, while the two officers — who were a part of Operation Impact that deploys newly graduated police — were apprehending the suspects, one male turned around and cold-cocked the unnamed female officer with a single fist.
The officer then fell back and hit her head on the cement and gave all four suspect a window to flee from the scene.
The ailing cop was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she was treated for broken teeth, lacerations and head pain. She was released soon after.
Investigators said all four suspects remain on the loose, and that NYPD was in search of any video surveillance that can help apprehend them.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or to submit tips online.