Yonkers police: Man breaks police officer’s nose in unprovoked assault caught on camera
A Yonkers man is free after police say he punched a police officer in the face, breaking his nose.
The incident unfolded on Sept. 6 when officers responded to a medical call near Cypress Street. Upon arrival, they discovered Johnny McCray, 39, on the sidewalk and assisted him into an ambulance.
Yonkers police released the body camera footage Tuesday morning after McCray was released from custody on his recognizance without bail by Westchester County Judge Maurice Williams.
A release from the police department said it happened after McCray apologized in the courtroom and said he had an upcoming job interview.
"A judge sees fit to release a violent felon on parole and release him on his own recognizance. It's outrageous," said Yonkers Police Commissioner Chris Sapienza.
Commissioner Sapienza said McCray is a repeat offender who they said has racked up 13 criminal convictions over the last 20 years and is currently out on parole for an attempted robbery conviction.
McCray appeared in Yonkers City Court Tuesday afternoon and was given an ankle monitor and a new court date, Sept. 26. He had no comment as he left the courtroom.
Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Det. Keith Olson said the judge’s decision to release McCray without bail puts the public at risk.
"We live in this world where accountability, where police officers are accountable for every move we make," he said. "And in this case, the judge should be held accountable as well."
A spokesperson for the Office of Court Administrations, which oversees New York Courts, release the following statement:
"Based on the facts and circumstances of the case that were discussed on the record at the defendant's bail application hearing, Judge Williams decided that recognizance with monitoring was the most appropriate form of guaranteeing that the defendant will return to court."