A New York man found himself in handcuffs after alerting police to a drunken passenger who repeatedly made sexual advances toward a 15-year-old girl on a city bus Tuesday. It was only after a Black sergeant stepped in that he was let go.
Despite the positive outcome, the incident left many wondering why this Good Samaritan was arrested for stepping up and doing the right thing?
Moise Morancy, who posted the entire incident to his Facebook page, said he was riding the bus when a drunken man boarded and began making all sorts of inappropriate sexual moves on the teenage girl sitting next him.
“At first he started caressing her hand and I saw how uncomfortable it made her … so she let go and put her hands in her pocket,” Morancy wrote of the passenger. “He then proceeded to forcibly do it again. In the process of doing so, he hit my knee and I told him ‘Yo, bro. Don’t touch me.’ Then he started getting aggressive and saying ‘I can do whatever I want, you BLACK PIECE OF SHIT!’
To keep the situation from escalating any further, Morancy said he backed off a bit. It wasn’t until he saw the man begin to feel up on the young girl’s thigh that he decided it was time to step in again.
“And no one said anything,” he wrote. “So I yelled at him so loud that the bus stopped and everyone stared. I said ‘Yo, my n–gga! Don’t f–cking touch her again! You heard? Cuz if you do, We gon’ have problems!’ He replied ‘I’m a real n–gga, so try me.’ Instantaneously he reached for his pocket and lunged at me.”
Morancy said he went into self-defense mode, giving the drunken man a few punches to his face, nose, knees and neck. He said he tried to get others passengers on the bus to restrain the man until the cops showed up, no one came forward to help him.
The police eventually came to arrest the perverted passenger — and Morancy.
“I was so confused and felt criminalized,” he said. “Why is this happening to me? I was told that I no matter what the circumstances were, I still assaulted him. They put me in the back of the car as I tried to explain myself. He sexually harassed this child!”
The New York man said it wasn’t until a Black officer named Odeh Hammoudeh (who turned out to be the sergeant) got involved and ordered his release from the handcuffs.
“To see a Black man in a position of power right the wrongs, gave me a little bit of hope for the N.Y.P.D,” Morancy wrote. “As I always say not all cops are bad. The good ones just need to step up.”
The New York man’s post has since received over 4.8 million likes and 5,000 shares. Many have come forward to commend Morancy for his heroic actions.