Shocking moment a lone cop fends off a group of belligerent homeless men in a New York City subway


At one point the officer kicked a man down and swung his baton to fend them off.   Someone finally intervened to hold three of the men back as they attempted to overtake and outnumber the cop.   One of the men broke free of the human barricade, but as the officer swatted him away the man fell on the tracks.  The officer called the MTA to cut off the power lines and then called for backup.  He handled the situation with incredible restraint using the least possible amount of force to bring it to a close, a senior NYPD official told the . He did a very good job. The officer brandishes his baton and tells the men to stand back! as they hold an aggressive stance and lunge at him  The officer kicks one man and swats the baton at another when they approach The officer was not injured and all five men Oseas Garcia, 32, Juan Munez, 27, Raul Ruiz, 29, Elisoe Alvarez Santos, 36 and Leobardo Alvarado, 31 were arrested when backup arrived.  All of the men are homeless and hospitalized as intoxicated emotionally disturbed persons.    Patrolmens Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch commended the officer for a job well done while condemning New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for his administrations handling of homelessness.  The area in lower Manhattan where the incident occurred is a notorious hub for homeless people to get together and do drugs.   Once again, in de Blasios New York, we see a police officer having to rectify a problem allowed to fester by the inaction of this administration, Lynch said.  The officer was responding to a complaint from a woman of harassment by these homeless men at the station. He used textbook defensive measures taught in the police academy against overwhelming odds in an effort to protect himself and anyone else on the platform. He is to be commended for good work and courage, he added.   One of the vagrants lunged toward the officer, missed and fell on the tracks The comments below have been moderated in advance. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. Well ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our . Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday Metro Media Group