Elderly man hurt in jaywalking dispute with police on Upper West Side
An elderly man was arrested after a bloody altercation with police following a jaywalking summons on the Upper West Side on Sunday afternoon, police said.
The 84-year-old Asian man sustained a head wound after resisting police when they tried to issue him a jaywalking summons for crossing against the light at Broadway and West 96th Street about 4:30 p.m., according to a law enforcement official.
Earlier Sunday, 26-year-old Samantha Lee became the third pedestrian to be struck and killed near that intersection.
A uniformed police officer began to write the man a ticket, the official said, when the man tried to take back his ID three times.
The officer then began placing the man in handcuffs. With one cuff on, the man continued to struggle with police.
During the altercation, the official said the man ended up on the ground, hitting the back of his head.
He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and given stitches.
In addition to the summons for jaywalking, the man was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration.
The man was given a desk appearance ticket and was not processed in central booking, the official said.
As he was issued the summons, the man did not understand what the police officer was saying, according to Councilman Mark Levine, whose district includes the intersection. The man is a native Cantonese speaker and also knows Spanish, while the officer knew Mandarin.
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