Police: At least 28 people arrested, almost a dozen officers hurt during protest near Brooklyn Bridge

New York City’s police commissioner says a protest that saw 28 people arrested and 11 officers hurt in Manhattan was a disgrace.

News 12 Staff

Jan 19, 2021, 6:59 PM

Updated 1,277 days ago

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New York City’s police commissioner says a protest that saw 28 people arrested and 11 officers hurt Monday in Manhattan was a disgrace.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea says that violent demonstrations led to bottles being thrown and calls for the deaths of officers.
He says some of those involved also sprayed anti-police graffiti on the Brooklyn Bridge as they walked toward Manhattan.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says there was concern about the protest due to its proximity to City Hall.
De Blasio says if there was any wrongdoing by the NYPD, it will be brought to light and that the details surrounding the arrests will be released.
Before the arrests, residents gathered at the Barclays Center to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
They say there was a fight for Black liberation and that the civil rights leader helped pave the way for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Shea says the violence that took place is the “antithesis” of what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for.
Residents then made their way and marched on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Police tell News 12 that of the 28 people arrested, one was a teenager.
The NYPD says all of those arrested have been released and given either summonses or desk appearance tickets.
The officers who were hurt are all expected to be OK.


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