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NYPD Sgt. in Coma After Savage Off-Duty Beating

November 18, 2013  | 

An off-duty NYPD sergeant was viciously beaten in a Queens street attack early Sunday while his wife watched helplessly from their car, police and witnesses told the New York Daily News.

The fight outside St. John’s Express restaurant and bar on Liberty Ave. in Ozone Park left Sgt. Mohammed Deen, 40, in a medically induced coma Sunday night, cops said.

A graphic cell phone video appears to show Deen taking a brutal thumping from Hayden Holder, 29, who was charged with felony assault in the 5 a.m. attack.

“That n---- dead,” said the man filming the video, which shows Deen lying unconscious in the street as a man believed to be Holder punches him repeatedly and smacks his head on the pavement.

NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks III said Deen got into a dispute with Holder outside the restaurant just before the bloody attack.

Tags: NYPD, Off-Duty Incidents, Assaults on Officers


Comments (9)

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Benjamin Adams @ 11/18/2013 3:56 PM

The wife watched helplessly... Why was she not trained and armed? Officers' wives, unlike ordinary citizens, can routinely get carry permits, even in NYC and NY state. She "never got around to it" or foolishly thought she'd never need it, and now her husband paid the price.

"God made man and woman, but Samuel Colt made them equals."

Boston @ 11/18/2013 4:19 PM

I hope he pulls out of the coma. Sad that our country is getting more violent every day. Our justice system needs to be fixed. This just plain sucks! I hope they kick this POS every day he's in the can.

John @ IA Retired @ 11/18/2013 6:27 PM

May God be with you and bring you to a speedy recovery officer Deen.

Greg @ 11/19/2013 3:52 AM

"His wife watched helplessly"...excuse me? My wife would have been out of the car, S&W M&P 9mm in-hand, and would have been putting holes into anyone trying to kill me. Of course, she's from Texas and not New York...different mind-set I guess. If she was helpless, it was totally her choice and decision...and her husband suffered for it.

Prayers go to the officer.

Nichole @ 11/19/2013 4:13 AM

You're all a bunch of hopeless cretins. There are a hundred reasons why she may have been deemed "helpless". And wielding a gun around other bystanders when you're not a LEO yourself is just asking for trouble. What if she had missed? What if she had accidentally shot her husband instead? IT seems like it was a pretty hearty scuffle before the officer lost consciousness. You're quick to jump to conclusions and condemn this poor woman because she didn't do what your big, burly, gun-toting wives would've done. I'm a gun owner and a licensed carrier... that doesn't mean I'm going to whip out my Beretta and start firing at two moving targets, especially when one is my husband.

Ivy Bush @ 11/19/2013 5:14 AM

I would've been out of the car defending my husband. My carry pistol has a laser grip so there's no doubt whose ass is gonna get an extra hole in it.

S.S. @ 12/5/2013 8:34 AM

Nevermind about what the wife did or didn't do. The fault lies with the p.o.s.'s who did that to the Sgt. I hope they get what they deserve, and when the Sgt. gets better he get can get his wife c.c.l. permit. Praying for a fast recovery.

Mona @ 2/10/2014 8:26 PM

The guy was punching a non response person. What do you think he would have done to a woman that is half his size. I blame the idiots pushing him to attack and attempt to murder a helpless human being. I blame the man recording and the people cheering him on. They all were cowards and animals. The all should be put in a jungle and see how they would survivor. My prayers go out to the family, wife, officer Deen and humanity! God help us!

John Smith @ 9/9/2014 2:22 PM

Now cops know how others feel about the brutality they do to everyday citizens.

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