A retired NYPD sergeant was punched and kicked as he lay helplessly on the ground in a brutal Manhattan beatdown caught on security footage, police sources told The Post.
The former cop can be seen speaking with his assailant for at least a minute last Tuesday morning as they stand outside a Garment District deli on West 39th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenue, according to disturbing footage obtained by The Post.
The suspect, whom police sources have identified as Masterjadin Roman, 20, then allegedly throws a bottle at the retired officer.
The man charges at Roman, who manages to wrestle the NYPD veteran to the ground and land more than a dozen punches to his head.
Eventually Roman relents. He and his pal appear to swipe the former cop’s cellphone and headphones — only for Roman to return to kick the former sergeant in the head as he kneels on the ground trying to regain his composure.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the violence.
Roman, of Canarsie, has been accused of aggressive panhandling and was slapped with a desk appearance ticket, police sources said.
Several onlookers watched idly as the man was beaten, with one bystander in the deli coming out to offer the former cop a napkin to wipe his face after the ordeal.