Newly elected Mayor Eric Adams said Park did an “admirable” thing, but implied the whole incident wasn’t anyone’s fault because Israel was “in a painful place.”
“When you see someone attack someone that helps them, that is a signal that people are in pain,” he said. “And we need to alleviate if not irradiate that pain that people are experiencing.”
Israel was reportedly arrested twice in the past two weeks.
ABC7 reports he randomly punched two 18-year-olds in Central Park on January 2 and punched a 49-year-old woman who offered him assistance on January 8. In both attacks, Israel only received desk appearance tickets.