Police Union Insists Video of New York Detective Being Attacked With Stick Is Real

A New York police union has been forced to deny that a video they posted showing a detective being attacked on the street with a fiberglass stick is fake, after questions were raised on social media.

The Detectives' Endowment Association (DEA) shared a clip of the incident to Twitter on Monday showing the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Akeele Morgan, striking a detective who was investigating the burglary of a pharmacy in Queens.

The clip shows Morgan then backtracking with the stick in his hand, before being chased by two officers.

"Welcome to NYC! Even as our Detectives investigate crimes they're attacked by emboldened criminals, who have quickly realized there are no consequences for law breakers in our city," the union wrote while tweeting out the video.

"The DEA is calling for this violence to be fully prosecuted as we look to file civil charges."

Speaking to Newsweek, DEA President Paul DiGiacomo said: "This is a highly trained detective that has 25 years in the New York City Police Department and 14 years in the crime scene unit.

"After that detective went down and was stunned by what transpired, the other detectives on the scene gave chase to the individual and he turned on them and started swinging these two fiberglass sticks at them as well."

DiGiacomo added that the footage was originally filmed by a woman working for SinoVision, a U.S.-based Chinese news network that was covering the original burglary, and not by the NYPD.

However, a number of social media users have speculated whether the video is genuine, questioning why the man is so slow to flee from police, with one Twitter account suggesting it was "very convenient someone happened to be recording the exact moment the guy got smacked with a stick."

Who exactly was it that _happened_ to be taking video of this? Did they know it was going to happen? Why did the perp just stand around, not take off immediately? Why did the cops chase so slowly & erratically? Why did the cop look up at the end like making sure it got on video?

— Zalman Lev (@SuckerBetsFTW) April 26, 2021

I’m screaming at this FAKE ass video!!!!!! Omfg!!!! they really thought this was good https://t.co/L2goE4pE0o

— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) April 27, 2021

Everyone should read the replies to this. They are hilarious. The @NYCPDDEA are a bunch of dorks that tried AGAIN (shake shack thing) to fake being attacked and are getting roasted for it. https://t.co/mKQ8t50V9v

— Jackson (@SomeJaxon) April 27, 2021

"I cannot believe my taxes pay for this middle school video project ass fake bulls**t," tweeted writer and media personality Mike Rugnetta.

Comedy writer and performer Bill Corbett added: "D minus on your student film. Make some effort next time!"

Speaking to Newsweek, DiGiacomo denied that the video was fake and said the detective was injured during the "unprovoked attack."

"This was not staged, totally unprovoked. These things are happening in New York City on a regular basis to members of police department and the civilian population as well," he said.

"Once again, New Yorkers witness just how emboldened violent criminals are as a detective in uniform is attacked in Queens today.

"If there's anyone wondering why this happened, they can ask their elected officials who have created a city of no consequences for criminality," DiGiacomo added: "This city is circling the drain and NYPD cops are the only ones trying to help the public swim to safety."

Morgan, of the Bronx, has been charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The DEA previously falsely claimed three NYPD officers were "intentionally poisoned" while drinking milkshakes at a Shake Shack in June 2020.

The claims, which were later debunked by the NYPD, occurred amid worldwide Black Lives Matter and police brutality protests following the murder of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

"Police in New York City and across the country are under attack by vicious criminals who dislike us simply because of the uniform we wear. Emboldened by pandering elected officials, these cowards will go to great lengths to harm any member of law enforcement," DiGiacomo said in a statement at the time.

The NYPD has been contacted for comment.

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Questions have been asked about a video tweeted by the DEA in which a man strikes an NYPD detective over the head with a plastic stick. DEA