Sesame Street’s Elmo was aghast, Mickey and Minnie Mouse looked on in horror and dozens of tourists tried to capture the fight between a New York City cop and a man wearing a Spider-Man costume in Times Square.
The incident was recorded by several people in the area on Saturday afternoon and posted on YouTube.
According to a report in the New York Post, Junior Bishop was the man inside the “Spider-Man” costume. Police allege that Bishop had been demanding a $10 payment from people who wanted a photo with the superhero. That demand for payment caused a problem: costumed characters are only permitted to accept tips for photos.
The Post’s story states that Bishop was belligerent, telling the unidentified rookie cop, “F*** you! This is none of your business,” when he was asked to show identification. Almost immediately after that, the scuffle happened.
Some of the other costumed characters in the area told the newspaper that Bishop was not aggressive. However, the Post reported that he has been arrested seven times and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault last year.
In the video Bishop is seen knocking the officer to the ground and landing a couple of punches to his head.
(Content warning: strong language)
(H/T: NY Post)
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