NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Representatives for the Port Authority PBA are expressing their outrage after a Queens judge released a suspect back onto the streets after assaulting an officer at LaGuardia Airport.

According to a statement from the Port Authority PBA, obtained by CBS2, the suspect was arrested at the airport on larceny charges on Monday.

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The prisoner reportedly began to fight police officers after being taken to the PAPD station house at LaGuardia – eventually spitting at the injured officer.

The larceny suspect was charged with both second-degree assault on a police officer and criminal mischief.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office requested the attacker be released on their own recognizance with supervision, but the judge granted the suspect’s release without supervision.

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“Absolutely ridiculous! The number one responsibility of government is to protect the people; bail reform relinquishes government of that responsibility,” Port Authority PBA President Paul Nunziato said in a statement.

The injured officer, who is now awaiting health tests, is a newlywed.

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The attacker is free while awaiting a court appearance.