Coming from the SEIU, I could’ve told you that one.
A protester who has been charged with assaulting a New York police officer was making six-figures working for one the country’s largest unions, The Daily Beast has learned.
Robert Murray, 43, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, surrendered to police at Manhattan’s 5th Precinct Thursday morning.
According to a police spokesperson, Murray was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer and three misdemeanors counts, one each of resisting arrest, inciting to riot, and obstruction of governmental administration. Murray has no prior arrests, the spokesman said. No date has been announced yet for Murray’s arraignment, where he will enter his plea and have an opportunity to contest the charges.
Murray worked as an organizing coordinator for 32BJ, a 145,000-member New York affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, known as SEIU, which has more than two million members nationally.
The attack in which Murray is charged has been front-page news in New York for almost a week. It was the first significant violence directed toward police after weeks of demonstrations across the city. In the wake of the incident, the police union has harshly criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio, who they have portrayed as overly sympathetic to the protesters and insufficiently supportive of police.
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