President Samuelsen Reacts to Lenient Court Treatment of Off Duty Police Officer in Assault of Female Conductor

As reported in the New York Daily News the off duty Police Officer seen on video fleeing a Bronx D line station after viciously assaulting a female Conductor on platform duty has been charged only with a misdemeanor rather than a Class D felony for attacking an MTA employee on duty, as prescribed by law.  The assault took place two days before Christmas at the Tremont Ave. station.
TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen issued the following statement on the lenient slap-on-the-wrist charge.
“There is a glaring disparate treatment at play with NY's criminal justice system when a police officer is allowed to brutally assault a uniformed TWU Local 100 Conductor and walk away with what amounts to a slap on the wrist. Had one of our Conductors viciously assaulted a uniformed female police officer, an arrest would have occurred immediately, and that Conductor would be facing substantial felony charges. It's despicable, and transit workers will not be silenced in our outrage.”