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Moise Morancy is being hailed a hero by the New York Police Department, this after the Brooklyn rapper prevented an alleged sexual assault on a Queens bus. Morancy, who has been critical of the NYPD in times past, was given an award by the department for his public service over the weekend.

New York Daily News reports:

Morancy was honored Saturday by the NYPD’s 112th precinct for protecting a young woman from an alleged sexual assault on a Queen’s bus in October.

The NYPD presented Morancy with its Good Samaritan award after Morancy restrained a man who allegedly forcibly touched another passenger — a 15-year-old girl.

Pablo Levano was arrested in the alleged incident.

“They contacted me a little bit after and said they wanted to honor me, and I was like whoa, that’s amazing,” Morancy told the Daily News.

Morancy, who we’ve reported on in times past regarding his use of social media to advance his activist stances, says that his former critique of the NYPD has been relaxed somewhat by this current encounter.

“If he never existed, or never joined the force, my perception of police probably wouldn’t have changed until much later in life,” Morancy said of Sergeant Johnny J. Hines III, who granted the 21-year-old his release after the Queens bus situation escalated.

Photo: Moise Morancy