Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has reported that four individuals were detained on a bus traveling to the Phoenix Greyhound bus station from El Paso, Texas. The detainees were apparently fleeing the state of New York for their alleged participation in the attacks suffered by NYPD officers on January 27. It is unclear whether the detainees were among those previously arrested in New York or if they were still being sought.
The four individuals were transferred to the custody of Detention and Removal Operations (ERO) from ICE to be prosecuted for immigration violations. A security camera captured the brutal assault on the officers, showing the moment when both officers were hit and kicked in the head and body. The incident occurred in front of 220 W 42nd Street, in the Candler building, around 8:30 p.m.
The jury charged Yohenry Brito, 24, with instigating the attack by fighting with officers when they were trying to arrest him. He will be prosecuted in March. Approximately 13 people participated in the attack, but Brito is the only suspect detained. The attack on the NYPD agents has generated a national debate.
Karine Jean-Pierre, press secretary of the White House, referred to the case on social networks, stating that it is absolutely unacceptable and that the President is outraged by these attacks on law enforcement. Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, Republican of the 11th district of New York, has asked the director of ICE to deport those who attacked the police officers.
In other news, a gang of alleged thieves made up of Hispanic immigrants in New York has been dismantled. They were involved in stealing cell phones and wallets.
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