12/18/2006

Off-duty NY officer stabbed after argument

By Sophia Chang, Staff Writer
Newsday

P-1 Editor's Note  -- From Senior Contributor Chuck Remsberg

Attacks on off-duty officers in New York City and Chicago over the weekend offer sobering reminders that you may not be paid around the clock but you potentially are at risk 24/7. Keep in mind that for your off-duty safety you should:

• Always be armed. These days it's not unusual for off-duty officers to carry even in church.

• Remain in Condition Yellow, the mental and physical state of alert readiness. Be aware of who's around you and where you are in relation to potential hazard zones.

• Step away from trouble whenever possible. Even armed you probably have the disadvantages of no vest, no radio, no backup. Resist the impulse to automatically intervene in crimes or altercations, except in truly life-threatening situations.

• Remember: When you least expect trouble, expect it. Studies confirm that most officers who get fatally assaulted never anticipated the attack.


An off-duty city police officer grabbing a snack at a popular Williamsburg diner was stabbed yesterday during an argument with a group of men, according to authorities.

The 26-year-old officer, whose name was not released, was in Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in stable condition and is expected to recover, police said.

Police said Luis DeJesus, 21, of 523 Knickerbocker Avenue, was arrested yesterday at his home. DeJesus, who has prior arrests, including one for assaulting a police officer in 2003, was charged with assault on a police officer, officials said.

About 4:15 a.m. the officer was at Kellogg Diner at 518 Metropolitan Ave. with two friends when they got into an argument with a group of men, police said. The cause of the argument was not disclosed, but it escalated to the point where one of the men stabbed the officer once in the chest.

The assailant and two other men in his group then fled the diner.

The weapon, a folding knife, was recovered at the scene, police said.

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