by Becca London | RNN
A woman named Tamani Crum learned a brutal lesson as she attempted to interfere during the arrest of a murder suspect. The moment was all captured on video.
The suspect, Elvin James, has been charged with attempted murder during a fight. He is said to be Crum’s boyfriend.
It was reported that James was carrying an illegal ghost gun, and the arrest was considered high-risk.
The officer was trying to push Crum back. However, she returned to interfere and one of the officers punched her in the face knocking her to the ground.
Crum was helped up and placed under arrest for a single count of second-degree obstructing criminal administration.
Crum’s family is filing a lawsuit against the officer who punched her.
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The Detectives Endowment Association is considering filing a lawsuit in the officer’s defense.
“Criminals in NY have grown accustomed to there being no consequences for their dangerous, illegal actions – but when you assault a New York City Detective in order to interfere with an arrest of a man armed with a gun there are repercussions,” the union said in a statement. “As the [Detectives Endowment Association] explores a possible civil suit on behalf of our dedicated member against the woman who attacked him, we urge politicians to open their eyes and see the public safety disaster they’ve created.”
Elvin James was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and attempted murder as a hate crime.
Officer Kendo Kinsey was placed under investigation for his response to Tamani Crum’s interference. Even if he is found to be justified in his handling of the situation, he faces lengthy and costly legal ramifications.
Crum intervened in a situation in which officers were trying to arrest an allegedly armed and dangerous individual. Her interference put officers and civilians at risk and had to be stopped quickly. Disturbingly, many are outraged over the officer’s reaction while giving a pass to someone who could have gotten innocent people injured or killed.