Guy Who Attacked Female Worker Is a 'Hulking Brute.' Oh Wait, He's a Cop? Nevermind.



A New York Daily News piece told the story of a man who assaulted a 28-year-old female transit worker at a New York City subway station. The man—a "thug" and a "hulking brute," according to NYDN—grabbed her, hugged her, knocked her on the ground, and began choking her before another MTA employee chased him away.

Then this narrative underwent a curious transformation. In a subsequent story, editors abandoned the frightening descriptors and reframed the tale in the passive voice. No longer had "a hulking brute grabbed a 28-year-old MTA employee." Rather, the MTA employee "was allegedly put into a bear hug."

What changed? Authorities IDed the perp—and discovered he was a cop.

Wonkette's Shrill made note of the differences:

The hilarious coda to this story is the treatment of this story in the news by the New York Daily News. Here's the headline from the story they wrote before they knew that the culprit was a police officer:

Thug attacks female MTA employee at Bronx train station: cops (video)

And here's the lede of that story:

"A hulking brute grabbed a 28-year-old MTA employee up in a bear hug at a Bronx train station, shoved her onto the platform and began choking her in an unprovoked attack – then ran away smiling, authorities said Wednesday."

Here's the story after they found out that the culprit was a police officer:

NYPD cop turns himself in for attacking female MTA employee

 And here's the lede of that story:

"Police Officer Mirjan Lolja, 37, was suspended after the assault in which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker — who was on-duty and in her uniform — was allegedly put into a bear hug, thrown to the floor and choked, cops said."

To be clear: These are two different stories. The first is here and the update is here. And it's fair, of course, to present the accused person's side of the story, as the News does in its second piece. But the stark differences between the two make clear the incredible double standard of reporting on the public's misdeeds vs. reporting on police misdeeds. Many in the media possess an overriding presumption that everything the police do must be justified—even when police actions would be considered horrifying if carried out by anyone not wearing a badge.

This officer, Lolja, has been suspended and is facing an internal investigation. But he isn't facing any charges yet, even though assaulting an MTA officer is a class D felony. One rule for the rulers and another for the ruled, it seems.

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  1. The NYDN staff manage to make Tulpa look like Radley Balko when it comes to opinions on cops. Sometimes I wonder how they find time to write, what with the constant fellatio they perform on police officers.

    1. With practice anything can become second nature, including typing while receiving a violent throat fucking soothing tonsel massage from a huling brute brave hero cop.

    2. Its not that bad of a crime for a man to assault a woman when the man is of a higher caste.


    3. All the King's horses and all the King's men...

  2. Seems legit.


    *flexes in front of Morgan Fairchild poster*

  3. Rico Suave wins at alt text.

    1. The alt text was won by RS

      1. Failure was made, by me.

        1. Failures occurred, apologies were made.

          1. Since when is the second clause part of any official procedure?

            1. Apologies were implied.

              1. A flash bang grenade apparently discharged and allegedly burned avtoddler. Authorities said their inventory will be checked to see whether it could have been one of theirs.

  4. Sexual assault on a Transit employee?

    If a Pleb did that, they'd lock him up and throw away the key.

    1. Yeah, transit employees are also raised on a pedestal above mere proles, just like cops are. Sifting through the totality of those circs should cause the universe to explode or something.

  5. At least the 2nd article has this in the summary under the headline:

    Police Officer Mirjan Lolja, 37 was suspended after he allegedly attacked the 28-year-old transit employee on a Bronx subway platform by putting her in a bear hug, throwing her to the ground and choking her. The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau is now investigating the incident.

    1. Twist: Internal Affairs was in on the operation the whole time!

      1. "The bitch set me up!"

      2. The cops knew Internal Affairs was setting them up?!

  6. "An off-duty police officer briefly performed a Terry stop on a suspect at a New York City subway station."

    1. Is there such thing as a Terry shooting these days?

    2. Tut tut.

      "A Terry stop was performed on a suspect at a NYC subway station"

      1. + internet points were awarded

    3. WTF is an off-duty cop doing acting a like he's on duty?

      In a sane world, a cop could only exercise cop powers when he was acting as a cop, IOW, when he is on duty.

      1. Being a cop isn't a job. It's a lifestyle.
        Show me a cop and I'll show you someone who, even before they became a cop, was prone to violence when they didn't get their way.
        Cops are little more than children in adult bodies who throw tantrums when they don't get what they want.

        1. In every high school class there is a 5% group of thugs, usually low in academics but often athletic but not good there either, who dominate the cafeteria and who stand at the rear in assemblies. Everyone knows who they are.

          It's a rule of life that 10 years later 1/2 will be criminals and the other 1/2 will be cops. It takes time for them to sort out. And there is the occasional exception - thug who finds a better life or good kid who becomes a cop.

          1. And the cop culture will mold or remove that cop that joined to actually serve and protect.

      2. When is a lawman really off-duty?


    1. I read that as "Possibly retarded:"

      And it is.

    2. I hate them.

    3. That's it! You will now receive a thorough back-turning!

    4. "Right now, it's a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their skin, but it ought to be a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their uniform as well," said Jim Pasco, the executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police.

      "And it ought to be a *double* hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of the sole of their foot. And, if solely because of the color of their *soul* ... Well, we can't bring ourselves to even *think* about that one."

      1. "Right now, it's a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their skin, but it ought to be a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their uniform as well,"

        Damn, no more singling out the UPS man.

      2. Attacking someone solely because of the color of their uniform is generally known as "warfare."

        1. That, I think, is the direction they are going.

  7. Cops working overtime on some badly needed PR. I thought the one that beat the Uber driver and then stole his car was better though.

    A couple of years ago I found a video of one beating the shit out of a jailed suspect who was handcuffed to a bench. With ever swing of the baton he would scream "I am not a goon!". I can't find the damned thing now. It was probably scrubbed.

    But seriously, they aren't thugs.

    1. That reads like that Magrathea escape scene in Hitchhiker's Guide.

      1. "Now, listen to this, Beeblebrox, and you better listen good!"

        "Why?" shouted back Zaphod.

        "Because," shouted the cop, "it's going to be very intelligent, and quite interesting and humane! Now -- either you all give yourselves up now and let us beat you up a bit, though not very much of course because we are firmly opposed to needless violence, or we blow up this entire planet and possibly one or two others we noticed on our way out here!"

        "But that's crazy!" cried Trillian. "You wouldn't do that!"

        "Oh yes, we would," shouted the cop, "wouldn't we?" he asked the other one.

        "Oh yes, we'd have to, no question," the other one called back.

        "But why?" demanded Trillian.

        "Because there are some things you have to do even if you are an enlightened liberal cop who knows all about sensitivity and everything!

        "I just don't believe these guys," muttered Ford, shaking his head.

        One cop shouted to the other, "Shall we shoot them again for a bit?"

        "Yeah, why not?"

        They let fly another electric barrage.

    2. Of course they aren't thugs. Thugs have a code that they follow and they accept that it might result in them going to jail. Cops would never tolerate the notion that they might go to jail due to their actions.

      "Say what you want about the Thug Life, at least it is an ethos"

      1. you are my hero.

    3. With ever swing of the baton he would scream "I am not a goon!".

      The suspect probably made the mistake of locking eyes with it. And then it heard "Who wants cake!" They all do, they all want cake.

  8. If the idiot cop attacked her because he's biased against transit workers, then should it be a hate crime? The National FOP makes such an argument (sort of).

    In the wake of the murder of two New York City police officers and a national debate about policing, the National Fraternal Order of Police is asking for the Congressional hate crimes statute to be expanded to include crimes against police officers. The union has more than 300,000 members.

    "Right now, it's a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their skin, but it ought to be a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their uniform as well," said Jim Pasco, the executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police.

    UPS drivers too? Those damn dirty brown shirts.

    1. I'm trying to think of a crime you'd commit because you like the victim.

      1. I'm guilty of too much love...lock me up an throw away the key.


        1. excellent!

      2. statutory rape?

        Especially the kind where the victim is 16 and the perp is 18.

        1. MOAR excellent!


    2. Why don't you love me, Mr. Bot? 🙁

      1. Not enough accompanying narrative.

  9. Internal Affairs is already on the case, intimidatingerviewing the alleged victim to determine whether or not she has the will to press charges.

    1. I'm wondering how long until the NYDN updates the story to talk about her criminal record (or at the criminal record of anyone that might possibly be associated with her).

  10. The Post version probably has her viciously attacking him by now.

    1. +1 "War on Cops"

    2. They seem to have dropped it, as has the rest of the msm.

  11. Police Officer Mirjan Lolja, 37, was suspended after the assault...

    But was he suspended with pay?

    1. I assumed that was the only kind of suspension they had.

      1. Please don't light the dunphy signal.

        1. BOOYA!



  12. ...and nothing else happened.

    I wonder sometimes if cops do this shit just so they can be placed on paid administrative leave vacation because it's less hassle than requesting vacation time.

    1. And I assume the suspension hours don't come out of their leave balance, so it's a win-win.

  13. Pro Libertate has a good story on the double standard.

    Interesting because Paul Cassell was involved in defending the cop in the one case on the grounds that questioning a cop's conduct is dangerous in that it may lead to a cop questioning his own conduct and a moment's hesitation in determining whether or not to shoot first and ask questions later might lead to a cop not shooting first.

    (If you don't know what a turd Paul Cassell is, you really should learn. A former federal judge whose pet project is reversing the Miranda decision on the grounds that it gives criminals too many rights and sometimes cops need to coax confessions out of criminals. Note that this is exactly how he phrases it - it's not suspects or alleged criminals that cops are arresting, it's criminals. To this former judge, if you're not a criminal the cops wouldn't be arresting you and if the cops are arresting you that's all the proof he needs that you're a criminal. Unless you're a cop being charged with cold-bloodedly shooting a fleeing suspect, then you're the victim of an outrageous persecution.)

    1. Cops arrest bad guys! Duh! Everyone knows that!

      Seriously though, there is no innocent until proven guilty. You're guilty. Period. If you can afford a good attorney you might get off, but you're still guilty. At least that's how the system sees it.

      1. It should be innocent unless proven guilty.

      1. D.A.s remind us of that every time one of their convictions get overturned because of fabricated evidence, coerced testimony, incompetent defense counsel, DNA evidence, etc., etc., etc....

        Nobody who ever goes into the court system is innocent...if they get acquitted, it's only because the jury was too stupid to appreciate the prosecution's brilliant arguments. Unless they convict, in which case their competence is beyond question.

    2. Cassell also represented the FOP helping mount a massive defense of a killer cop in Utah. He is a true statist that one.




  15. Cops at war over photo of Pittsburgh police chief with sign demanding an end to 'white silence' with a pledge to 'challenge racism at work'

    New Chief Cameron McLay was photographed with the sign during a city New Year's Eve celebration
    The sign, which also had a Twitter hash tag that says '#end white silence,' has infuriated the police union
    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has applauded the move, going so far as to repost the photo on his own Facebook page
    Fraternal Order of Police president Howard McQuillan says the move labels the force as 'racist, merely by the color of our skin'
    This is what happens to good cops.

    1. it's what happens to good cops when they support policies that protect the bad ones.

  16. Man arrested for punching officer who stopped him from trying to save his dog from burning house

    Samuel Lee Bassett, 48, punched an officer in the face after cops handcuffed him when he wouldn't stop trying to run into his house
    His dog died in the blaze
    Three Chicago firefighters were injured and had to be hospitalized after becoming trapped in the basement of the burning home
    A judge ordered Bassett held in $300,000 bail


    1. $300,000 bail for a simple assault?

      I'm sure that's what they impose on bar brawls every day.

    2. He punched the cop in the face after they put him in handcuffs?

      I hope he didn't "fall down the steps".

      1. I think they mean he hit cop really hard in the fist with his face.

    3. How do you justify 300k for that?

      1. Assault on the king's men carries an automatic death penalty.

        This is their mercy. Are they not merciful?

  17. I took a little hiatus from this place over Christmas and New Year's - I was starting to feel all positive and cheery about humanity again!

    One day's worth of postings has disabused me of those misplaced feelings.

    1. " I was starting to feel all positive and cheery about humanity again!"

      That was just your nuts healing. Don't be fooled

    2. Me too. Now my sack is swelling up like that guy in Johnny Dangerously.

    3. Huh. *That* will teach you to take a hiatus from this place. Just a doggone minute, there, Restoras. Didn't you take a hiatus from the *news*, too?

  18. I blame it on the unmerciful bullying Lolja has endured over the years because of his name. Disability retirement, say I.

    1. I asked him his name and in a dark blue voice he said Lolja.

      Officer Lolja

      Lo lo lo Looolja.

  19. Thugs in Blue.

    He expects the rest of the police to cover-up for him and the prosecutors to honor his "get out of jail" pass (his badge). I bet $100 that he gets a 3-day vacation without pay and no criminal record (so he can continue being a thug).

    1. No way. There is now possible way the law will be this callous. It will do something, I am sure of it!

      Who could expect him to come back after three days? It will be at least a month...

  20. Probably suspended with pay (paid vacation). They should make any payroll to the officer during the investigation refundable if the officer is found guilty.

  21. I don't understand the investigation. He was off-duty when he did this, right? Why didn't he go to jail? This matter should have nothing to do with the unions or collective bargaining or internal affairs. No where in the law does it say a cop commits a crime, and there's a different set of rules for them.

    He's on video breaking the law. He 'turned himself' in after seeing the video on TV. Yet, how much time did he spend in a cell? How much did he spend on bond money?

    The story is beyond just how some cop-sucking media outlet covered the story.

    1. The cops put out a video seeking the suspect, and clearly were seeking to arrest him. What happens? It is a cop hence no arrest. Any new evidence provided by him? Just the usual perp story that it was her fault.

      I can't even figure out if the DA is investigating it at all or just IA

  22. But he isn't facing any charges yet, even though assaulting an MTA officer is a class D felony. One rule for the rulers and another for the ruled, it seems.

    Probably because he did what any smart person does: Don't talk to the cops. I'm sure his first call was to his union rep.

  23. One part of the problem is NYPD's influence on news outlets by means of press credentialing process (a.k.a. press card, a.k.a. media pass)

    "The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information has commenced the renewal cycle for the 2013 press credentials. Individuals interested in renewing their 2012 press credentials should request an appointment by contacting Detective Michael DeBonis at

    1. Interesting. I have always felt that the local media often are such cop suckers because they don't want to be retaliated against with tickets, fake stops etc. I think that is why all the NY based television news personalities are this way.

      And with local media, they will be punished by not getting the police blotter they need for the crime stories.

  24. previous comment was truncated
    quote is from

  25. also "Notes on the NYPD Press Credentialing Process" New York Observer, 11/18/11,

  26. also "N.Y.P.D. Is Sued Over Denial of Press Credentials", The New York Times, November 12th 2008, http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes......ials/?_r=0

  27. also "Who's A Journalist?", October 7th 2011, Columbia Journalism Review,

  28. At least the two unions can fight it out.

  29. lol, sounds like your every day average cop to me.

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