On Sunday, a video of a NYPD police officer was posted to Facebook.
It has since gone viral, but not for the same reasons many police videos have been lately.
The video was originally posted by Jay Finesse.
It shows NYPD officer Syed Ali fighting an unruly group using only his body and baton.
Ali was responding to a call from a woman who was being sexually harassed by the group of men in the video. When he arrived on the scene, the men approached him in an aggressive and threatening manner.
Watch the video here:
Yeo they buggin mans fell in the train tracks🤦🏾♂️Posted by Jay Finesse on Sunday, December 23, 2018
Instead of reaching for his gun, Ali channeled his police and military training to use physical combative moves, like kicks and baton hits, to deescalate the situation.
When speaking to reporters, Ali said:
“Life is precious, and going to that weapon is not necessarily the first thing we should be thinking about.”
He continued by referencing his choice of combat:
“There are other tools that we’ve been given, other tactics that we’ve been shown, and we got to use all of the resources before going to deadly physical force.”
Three of the men were later arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration, riot, attempted criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.
Many of New York City’s officials made sure to applaud Ali’s efforts and choice in tactics.
What extraordinary professionalism and bravery by NYPD Officer Syed Ali. Attacking our men and women in uniform won’t ever be tolerated. The NYPD is upping its presence at this station and others to ensure officers have the support they need. https://t.co/rWEAf48DEk— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 25, 2018
Kudos to this NY cop on his performance. His situation is a reminder to New Yorkers & their political leaders that NYC’s decline in the 70s & 80s began in the subways. The quality-of-life declines & warning signs are all there for it to happen once again. https://t.co/9ElS54V4NM pic.twitter.com/68DKn5NKKX— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) December 25, 2018
I visited @NYPDTransit Task Force in North Brooklyn to thank Officer Syed Ali for his quick action to defend civilians and himself against five individuals attacking on a subway platform. Officer Ali showed restraint & discipline in how he de-escalated the situation. pic.twitter.com/xLe996P5ti— Councilman Deutsch (@ChaimDeutsch) December 25, 2018
Civilians are also speaking out in support of the police officer’s bravery and commitment to a non-lethal approach.
This is remarkable bravery, excellent training, and unbelievable restraint and professionalism. For all the reasons there are to lament the use of deadly force, it's imperative officers like this be recognized and lauded.— Darren Sands (@darrensands) December 26, 2018
God job officer. Thanks for your service.— Wait a second (@firdavs1712) December 25, 2018
So you can get the job done without guns— Wajid Hussain 🏴 (@wh2912) December 27, 2018
This cop did an OUTSTANDING job against great odds.— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) December 28, 2018
This is an argument for cops to be working with a partner in the subway or anywhere in NYC.
Takes time for help to arrive.
That there is a well trained young cop!! Be polite and fair when needed but open a proper proportional, reasonable, and warranted can of ass whoop when needed!! Cheers to you sir— Rob Kenter Ph.D. (@ESU88) December 25, 2018
What an exemplary officer, a credit to the service, outnumbered and never drew his weapon, calm, collected and professional.... The guy is a hero, and with only what looks like one person tried to calm the situation. Well done sir.— GARY BENNETT (@GARYBENNETT289) December 26, 2018
Good work from this officer, good officer safety justified baton strikes!— Pedro Jose (@pedrotheman1765) December 25, 2018
Thank you, Officer Syed Ali, for your exemplary professionalism!