The NYPD sends out short press releases, known as “the sheets,” to members of the press throughout the day, relating information about crimes the department deems newsworthy or has received media inquiries about.
But sometimes the department doesn’t say what exactly is newsworthy about the incident they choose to relate. Here’s one for example:
ON MONDAY 10/22/2007 AT APPROX 1310 HOURS, AT THE N/B #4 FULTON STREET SUBWAY STATION LOCATED IN THE VICINITY OF BROADWAY & ST. JOHN STREET WITHIN THE CONFINES 1 PCT, A M/B/30 DID ATTACK A UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICER. THIS OFFICER WAS INJURED (ARM & BACK) WHILE ATTEMPTING TO SUBDUE THE PERPETRATOR. A SECOND PLAIN CLOTHES OFFICER ASSISTING IN THE INCIDENT RECEIVED AN INJURY TO HIS WRIST. THE PERP (EDP) & BOTH OFFICERS WERE REMOVED TO BELLEVUE HOSPITAL AND ARE LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION.
You wouldn’t know it from that message but the officers in question was part of the detail protecting Mayor Bloomberg.
City officials who were with Bloomberg said the mayor and most of his entourage were walking along the platform, and passed the disheveled-looking man as the train was pulling into the station.
The mayor was already about 15 feet past the man, and about to board the train, when the man shouted toward a uniformed transit officer, “I hate you,” followed by profanity.
He then lunged at the officer, who was part of Bloomberg’s entourage that protects him when he rides the subway. They scuffled—falling onto some construction equipment—before the man was taken into custody.
The officer suffered minor arm and back injuries; a second officer in plainclothes also hurt his wrist while helping make the arrest.
The 30-year-old suspect was taken to a hospital for observation.