Baimadajie Angwang biography: 10 things about NYPD cop born in Tibet

Baimadajie Angwang is a Tibetan-American police officer. He lives in Williston Park, Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, Long Island, New York, United States with his wife and their daughter.

Born in Tibet, Angwang has a brother who is a People’s Liberation Army soldier in China. Their parents live in China and are members of the Communist Party of China.

After being honorably discharged by the U.S. Marine Corps, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and enrolled in the police academy. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He initially traveled to the U.S. on a cultural exchange visa. He overstayed a second visa.
  2. In 2004, he moved in with an uncle in Queens, New York City, New York and was granted asylum in the U.S, alleging he had been arrested and tortured in China partly because of his Tibetan ethnicity.
  3. From 2009 to 2014, he served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.
  4. Between July 2013 and February 2014, he served one tour in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.
  5. In 2014, he became a U.S. Army reservist. He was a staff sergeant working as a civil affairs specialist.
  6. In 2016, he joined the New York Police Department and worked as part of the community affairs unit based in Queens.
  7. In September 2018, the NYPD named him Cop of the Month in his Queens precinct.
  8. On September 21, 2020, he was arrested and charged with illegally acting as an agent of a foreign government, wire fraud, making false statements and obstruction. He was accused of spying on Tibetans living in New York City on behalf of the Chinese government, selling information to two officials at the Chinese consulate. He was freed on bail after spending six months in solitary confinement 23 hours a day at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
  9. In February 2021, his attorney John Carman wrote in a document, “Mr. Angwang can be seen not only lobbying for his own visa, but for all ethnic Tibetans who desire improved opportunities to visit the place of their birth. The idea that Mr. Angwang is an ‘intelligence asset’ collecting information about his fellow Tibetans is simply not borne out by the transcripts of the conversations.”
  10. He was 36 years old and still an NYPD officer but on paid leave when he was interviewed by CBS News days after Judge Eric R. Komitee dismissed spy charges against him on January 19, 2023.

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