Bus justice

Hip-hop artist seen on video punishing man who allegedly groped teenage girl on bus

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A hip-hop artist and activist was caught on video intervening on a public bus in the New York City borough of Queens after a man allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl this week. The video begins when Moise Morancy has the alleged assailant subdued, perhaps from a bit of a beating that had already been administered before the camera began rolling. The footage shows the alleged assailant has blood dripping from his nose and what looks to be a bruised lip.

“Don’t you ever do that shit again, you hear me?” Morancy says looking at the camera and then turning his attention back to the man as he holds him down on a seat with one hand.

Moments earlier, Morancy said he witnessed the man groping a young girl. “So I saw him creeping on the inside of her leg,” Morancy told local news station PIX 11. “I said if you touch her, you’re going to have a problem with me.” Morancy said the man then lunged at him and the altercation was under way. At first, Morancy said, none of the other riders got involved, until one pulled out a smartphone and began recording video of the incident.

The full video, which Morancy posted to his Facebook page and has since amassed more than 1.1 million views, then shows what happens when police arrive on the scene and try to make sense of the situation. “He was touching a little girl, and I was defending her!” Morancy is seen telling police. Morancy and the groping suspect are both placed in handcuffs by NYPD officers and the video shows Morancy explaining his side of the story to police. Eventually, the police let Morancy go and thanked him for his heroism. “I forget his name, but I want to say ‘thank you’,” Morancy said of the black officer who took him out of the cuffs and praised his efforts. “He said ‘you’re a hero’ and shook my hand and said, ‘I was you 20 years ago,’ and that touched me.” The suspect, 36-year-old Pablo Levano, has reportedly been charged with forcible touching.

In the video below, put together by Al Jazeera, Morancy talks about the risk he took as a young black man intervening in a situation where he could easily be construed as the aggressor. He added that he felt distraught that the girl was frightened and unable to react as she was being groped. He also cited the language Donald Trump was heard using on a leaked hot mic audio tape from 2005, suggesting that such talk had created a permissive atmosphere in which the suspect felt comfortable “doing whatever he wants” to the girl. Watch the video below.

Morancy said the girl gave him a hug and a rose for his efforts after the ordeal was all over.

Read the full story at PIX 11.

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