Lt.Ben Kurian Among Cops Assaulted By Mob In NY
Photo: New York Post
India-West News Desk
NEW YORK, NY – In a shocking incident of January 27, Lieutenant Ben Kurian, a dedicated nineteen-year Indian American veteran of the New York Police Department (NYPD), was viciously assaulted, along with his colleague, Officer Tian Zunxu, while attempting to prevent a potential altercation.
A widely circulated video on the internet captures the unsettling moment when the two officers, Kurian and Zunxu, intervened with a group of men, instructing them to disperse. According to the New York Post, quoting police sources and surveillance footage, the situation escalated as the group turned on the officers, subjecting them to kicks and blows. The incident occurred 8:30 p.m. on January 27 near Seventh Avenue, setting off outrage and making headlines.
Lieutenant Ben Kurian boasts an impressive career with the NYPD, having joined the force in 2005. Over the years, he climbed the ranks, achieving the position of sergeant in 2012, and, in 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Chief of Patrol at NYPD, John Chell, revealed that a total of eight men participated in the assault on the two police officers. Subsequently, several individuals were apprehended and now face charges of second-degree assault on a police officer and obstructing governmental administration.
The New York Post further reported on January 31 that all the assailants involved were migrants from countries in Latin America.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has called for the migrants involved in the vicious brawl to be deported.