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Who is Tyshaun Holloway? Ex-convict hits NYPD cop's head with bottle in viral bodycam video

The NYPD released a video of the incident, which shows Tyshaun Holloway in a tie-dyed t-shirt approaching a group of policemen from the 67th precinct
Tyshaun Holloway with (right) the glass bottle he used to beat up the NYPD policeman (Twitter/NYPDNews)
Tyshaun Holloway with (right) the glass bottle he used to beat up the NYPD policeman (Twitter/NYPDNews)

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: A man smashed a glass bottle over an NYPD officer's head in an unprovoked assault on a Brooklyn street corner early Sunday morning, according to bodycam footage, news outlets revealed on Monday, July 19. The NYPD released a video of the incident, which shows a man in a tie-dyed t-shirt approaching a group of policemen from the 67th precinct.


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The year 2020 has been a very torrid one for America’s police forces, with a surge in violent crime in the wake of the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of cops in Minneapolis in May. NYPD said on January 6 that there were 95,552 reported cases in 2020 and 681 victims less compared to that in 2019 and 11,668 less compared to 2014, the first year of Mayor Bill de Blasio in office. Sunday morning's incident was, as reported, an unprovoked act of aggression against the police.


Who is Tyshaun Holloway?

Tyshaun Holloway, 27, is from Hackensack, New Jersey. The New York Post says that he is originally from Virginia. He has been arrested twice in the past for assaulting police officers, authorities said, as reported by the Daily Mail. According to Fox News, Holloway was arrested twice in 2016 for attacking police officers, though the time, location, and method of the incidents remain unknown.

According to the Bronx District Attorney's Office, the attacks resulted from a groping incident in The Bronx, following which he punched an officer in the face while being arrested, the New York Post reported. Holloway was then brought to Lincoln Hospital's mental unit, where he allegedly threw a piece of a heart monitor at a different officer who was guarding him and attempted to hit him, according to the DA's Office.

Holloway was subsequently sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault and forced touching. In separate events in Harlem in 2017, he was charged with two attempted robberies and making terroristic threats, according to sources. Holloway, who stands just five-foot-five-inch and weighs 160 pounds, according to jail records, was arrested in November 2017 and released on parole on February 28, 2019, and completed his post-release monitoring, according to state prison records.


What did Tyshaun Holloway do?

Holloway began by speaking with the officers for a few seconds before throwing a glass bottle at their heads. he then fled the scene. "Early yesterday morning, cops from the @NYPD67Pct were on a fixed post to address community concerns when they were suddenly assaulted with a glass bottle in an unprovoked attack. The suspect, who has been arrested for assaulting officers twice in the past, was quickly caught," the NYPD tweeted.

The cop had several facial and neck lacerations that required stitches and staples, but he is now in stable condition. According to authorities, Holloway is charged with assault, threatening, resisting arrest, criminal possession of a weapon, and impeding governmental administration.

"He assaulted cops TWICE before. Yet there he was, walking the streets, endangering not only these POs but the entire community," the New York City Police Benevolent Association tweeted. "Our justice & mental health systems are dangerously broken. They won't get better until elected leaders wake up & take action." 


The assault was, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, "one other reminder of the grave risks your cops face on daily basis as they take to the streets to guard the folks of NYC. We’re each fortunate & grateful that our officer’s accidents from this unprovoked assault weren’t extra extreme." As of Monday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and mayoral contenders Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa had not officially addressed the horrific attack.