Approximately 200 demonstrators were arrested in Brooklyn after a group protesting the police killing of George Floyd torched a police vehicle and tried to break into the 79th Police Precinct.
A small group of protesters was arrested after they broke into the 79th Precinct in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood May 29.
NYPD officer just called a female protester a “stupid fucking bitch” and threw her to the ground pic.twitter.com/18YUHYmqQa— Jason Lemon (@JasonLemon) May 30, 2020
The Brooklyn North headquarters and 88th precincts were also reported to be under siege by protesters. Demonstrators had filtered over to the precincts after the main demonstration in honour of Floyd at the Barclays Center arena was violently broken up.
The CO of the 88 precinct called a “10-13 for all Available units” at the Precinct, stating “the crowd is very violent use extreme caution” triage being set up for injured Cops in the 88 muster room pic.twitter.com/U19MWZsffR— Rob O’Donnell (@odonnell_r) May 30, 2020
Protestors blocking responding units while rioters attack the NYPD 88 Pct pic.twitter.com/WaqAQZ9kz0— Rob O’Donnell (@odonnell_r) May 30, 2020
Videos and photos posted to social media show police hitting protesters with batons and pepper-spraying them.
The protesters were ordered to disperse and dozens were arrested for refusing to leave and many stayed in the area for hours afterwards.
A police vehicle was set on fire in the Fort Greene neighbourhood and bricks and rocks were tossed at a parked police van.
Peaceful protestors practicing their 1st Amendment rights? pic.twitter.com/JMGWVJomNy— Rob O’Donnell (@odonnell_r) May 30, 2020
The protests in Brooklyn are just one of many happening across the U.S. in the wake of Floyd’s death. He died after a white officer in Minneapolis choked him with his knee for several minutes. That officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter earlier on Friday.
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