In an absolutely ironic turn of events, a protest against police brutality on the Brooklyn Bridge turned violent–but cops, not civilians, were the ones who sustained injuries.
The anti-cop sentiment is getting worse in this era of “defund the police” and some people are getting aggressive.
Several NYPD officers, including the highest-ranking uniformed officer, Chief of Department Terence Monahan, were left bloodied and injured after clashes with anti-cop protesters. The New York Post reports that Chief Monahan broke his finger in the scuffle.
Things got rough when pro-law enforcement marchers advocating an end to the violence plaguing New York in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests were confronted by Occupy City Hall protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Some of the Occupy protesters, who were demanding that the NYPD be defunded, were attacking officers while leaning over the fence on the bridge’s walkway.
“The officers sustained serious injuries,” an NYPD spokesperson said, adding that the cops were taken to hospital and received stitches.
“This is not peaceful protest, this will not be tolerated.”
A large crowd of “Stop The Violence” protesters were met on the Brooklyn Bridge by demonstrators from “Occupy City Hall” in Manhattan when the incident occurred, police said.
Source: The Sun
In one video, you can see one of the protesters hitting officers over the head with what appears to be a cane.
There was some debate over whether or not the counter-protesters from the Occupy City Hall movement were “peaceful.”
An organizer of the march across the bridge, Tony Herbert, said the group — which included a contingent from the Sergeants Benevolent Association — was heading from Manhattan to Brooklyn when anti-cop activists “jumped off the walk onto the roadway” around 11 a.m.
“They said they did it peacefully. How do you do it peacefully when you have somebody swinging a cane?” Herbert said.
The NYPD said 37 people were arrested, but details weren’t immediately available.
Source: New York Post
This latest clash with police is just one more example of increased tensions with law enforcement in New York as crime rates have jumped and Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to exclude the NYPD from his plan to tackle the increased violence in the city.
Leftwing politicians continue to advocate the defunding and, in some cases, outright abolition of police forces, in the form of a whole host of anti-police bills that are being put forward at the state and local levels.
It’s time for New York officials to start defending the NYPD instead of calling for defunding the law enforcement agency that is keeping the city from absolute anarchy.