Indian American veteran of NYPD among 2 cops assaulted by mob

A group of men assaulting two police officers Jan. 27, 2024. PHOTO: videograb

A nineteen-year veteran officer of the NYPD, Ben Kurian, was assaulted by a group of men Jan. 27, 2024, along with a colleague and they tried to prevent a fight.

A video making the rounds on the Web shows the two police officers, Lieutenant Kurian and his colleague, Police Officer Tian Zunxu, telling a few men to move on.

New York Post quoting police sources and surveillance footage, reported Jan. 31, that a group of men “ganged up on the two cops, kicking and pummeling them, after the officers broke up a disorderly group around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on West 42nd Street, near Seventh Avenue…”

Chief of Patrol at NYPD John Chell, is quoted saying 8 men assaulted the two police officers. Several of them were arrested and charged on a count of second-degree assault on a police officer and obstructing governmental administration.

According to NYPost, all the men were migrants from countries in Latin America. The incident took place near a shelter, news reports said. The police officers suffered minor injuries.

Lt. Kurian joined the NYPD in 2005. He became a sergeant in 2012, and in 2021, he was promoted to Lieutenant.



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