An off-duty NYPD officer who was charged earlier this year with assaulting his fiancée has been arrested once again for allegedly pulling a gun on the woman.
Henry Vidal, a longtime Manhattan officer, was arrested in March for beating his partner inside her Harlem apartment, sending her to the hospital with bruising and swelling. He was suspended from the force without pay, and ordered by a judge to stay away from the woman.
But Vidal violated that order of protection on Friday, according to an NYPD spokesperson, who declined to provide further details about the incident. Police sources told the Post that the 45-year-old officer pulled a gun on the fiancée and threatened to kill her inside her sister's home.
Vidal was arrested at the 25th Precinct on Monday afternoon. He remains suspended without pay.
Studies have shown that incidents of domestic violence are two to four times higher in the law enforcement community than in the general population.
According to the National Center for Women and Policing, "even officers who are found guilty of domestic violence are unlikely to be fired, arrested, or referred for prosecution, raising concern that those who are tasked with enforcing the law cannot effectively police themselves."
Vidal had a troubled history with the department prior to the two domestic violence cases. He was reportedly arrested for DWI in 2012. In 2015, he was sued in federal court for allegedly arresting a young Black man on false charges (the outcome of that suit is pending). Two years later, Vidal was suspended after letting a shoplifting suspect escape in handcuffs.
A spokesperson for the NYPD did not respond to questions about whether Vidal would lose his job.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available 24 hours a day at the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) and the NYC Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-621-HOPE). Victims of domestic violence may receive temporary housing, emergency shelter and supportive services for themselves and their children from the city. More information can be found here.