Authorities: Man punches officer outside 40th Precinct in apparent random attack
A police officer in the Bronx is recovering after he was punched in the face on Tuesday afternoon.
Surveillance video shows the officer standing outside the 40th Precinct station around 4 p.m. when he was attacked.
Authorities say 34-year-old Joe Clarence walked through security barriers and then approached the officer and randomly punched him in the face.
Another officer intervened, pinned Clarence to the ground and was able to arrest him.
Authorities say they found crack cocaine in Clarence’s pocket.
Police Chief Terence Monahan took to Twitter, saying that the incident was an example of the “unpredictable and dangerous work” officers deal with.
Clarence was charged with assaulting an officer, harassment and possession of a controlled substance.
News 12 is told the officer suffered bruising to his face.
He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and has since been released.