ABC7, the man was kicked out of the store earlier, but returned to cause trouble. As the store was closing, Provenzano tried to hear the man by the arm, but the man pulled away.
Court documents state, “As the individual wriggled out of the defendant’s grasp and turned toward the exit, the defendant struck the individual on the left side of the face, causing him substantial pain.”
In a statement, DA Bragg said: “We work in close partnership with the NYPD … those sworn to uphold the law must be held accountable.”
A witness, Brian Plunkett, said New York Post that the officer did nothing wrong. “The assailant elbowed him in the side of the head, I don’t know if it connected,” he said. “They put him on the ground and took him into custody.” He added: “If I am called to court to testify, I will testify on behalf of the police.”
Retail theft is on the rise across the country. In New Yorkthere were 13,738 theft reports, compared to 8,750 quarterly in 2019. In 2022, New York saw a 45% increase in retail theft, with 63,000 total incidents.