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VIDEO: NYPD says man threw 'chemical' and Molotov cocktail at cops during traffic stop; suspect faces federal charges

Added 04-18-21 02:17:02pm EST - “'This is another reminder of how quickly a situation can change and the dangers cops face every day'” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “VIDEO: NYPD says man threw 'chemical' and Molotov cocktail at cops during traffic stop; suspect faces federal charges”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Police bodycam video shows a man throwing a liquid at an NYPD cop during a traffic stop in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Police Department also claimed the suspect hurled a Molotov cocktail at police officers during the tense confrontation on Saturday morning.

Law enforcement officials say that NYPD officers pulled over Lionel Virgile after he ran a red light just before 8 a.m. on Saturday. Officers approached the tinted-out 2000 Lincoln Town Car that Virgile was driving. The officer requested the man's driver's license and vehicle registration, but Virgile first said, "Nah."

The man appeared to be looking for his identification on the driver's side door, then swung open the door, and tossed a clear liquid at the officer. The bodycam video shows the officer retreat and he screams several expletives.

Virgile, 44, reportedly then drove off. Police pursued him and, during the high-speed car chase, Virgile allegedly threw a lit Molotov cocktail at the cops. The NYPD did not include video of the Molotov cocktail attack or the pursuit. Virgile is said to have crashed into a parked vehicle during his attempted escape. Virgile was arrested.

Virgile, who is from Bridgeport, Connecticut, faces a federal charge of arson with injury, which carries a 7-to-40-year prison sentence. The Brooklyn district attorney may also file charges.

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