December 14, 2014
Nearly a week after firebrand Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams tweeted his support for members of the Bloods to join anti-cop protests, a member of the violent gang took him up on the offer — and sucker-punched an NYPD officer at a Harlem rally.
Jonathan Allen slugged Deputy Inspector Andrew Capul in the face, ambushing him from behind Thursday as the police official, dressed in uniform, talked to protesters near West 125th Street at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building around 9:30 p.m., police said.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound thug — who has 13 prior arrests, including for criminally negligent homicide, a rap he he dodged after a witness couldn’t identify him — waited until Capul was distracted to allegedly throw the punch, a police source said.
Capul was able to stay on his feet after he was struck and helped arrest Allen. The officer was treated for swelling and bruising.
Allen, 31, was arraigned Friday in Manhattan Criminal Court on assault charges and held without bail.
About 200 people attended Thursday’s protest, organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and some recorded the aftermath of the attack on their phones, though no one has provided video to police, sources said.
Last Saturday, Williams encouraged gangsters to partake in more protests, tweeting, “Most powerful moment: a brother from the Bloods came up 2 me & said we’re here 4 the movement, ‘for peace’ & ‘I wish more homies were here.’ ”