street-fighting men, and women too

BLM and NYPD supporters duke it out on NYC streets for 2nd night in a row
RT.com, Jul 13 2020

At least two protesters were arrested and two NYPD officers injured as pro-cop demonstrators and Black Lives Matters supporters faced off in street clashes for the second day in a row. Dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with members of a pro-NYPD rally held in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn at approximately 5:30 pm local time Sunday. The BLM counter protest began a mile away on 86th Street but it wasn’t long before the two sides came to blows for the second day in a row as eyewitness footage from the scene shows.

One Blue Lives Matter protester was reportedly detained after striking and shoving a woman to the ground. Disturbing eyewitness video caught some of the violence, with the uploader claiming the woman was “almost knocked out.”

Black Lives Matter supporters were then seen blocking an NYPD van as it attempted to extract the suspect from the scene. Several counter protesters reportedly burned a Blue Lives Matter T-shirt, hat and sign as well as an Pindo flag, while at least one police officer was struck in the face with an egg.

Bonfires were lit on the streets as the Sun went down but protests continued beyond 9 pm. Councilman Justin Brannan said:

Councilman Chaim Deutsch said he was “disgusted” that Pindo flags were being burned at anti-police demonstrations.

There were multiple, sporadic outbreaks of violence across NYC at the weekend, with video purporting to show an NYPD officer placed in a headlock as bystanders cheered.

NYC mayor calls for unity after viral VIDEO shows man putting Bronx cop in headlock – as crowd cheers
RT.com, Jul 13 2020

In response to a viral video of a Bronx man putting an officer in a headlock, which outraged police unions, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said there is “a lot to do to heal the relationship between police and the community.”
“That starts with standing together and advancing reforms, but it also means we cannot accept violence against our police officers,” de Blasio added in a tweet on Sunday night, with a link to a story about the wild incident.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted the video on Saturday, triggering a tsunami of criticism and calls for resignation over the mayor’s failure to address the crime wave, and plans to ‘defund the police,’ amid nationwide anti-racism and police brutality protests.

The skirmish occurred on Jul 1 in the Bronx, when a pair of officers were trying to arrest a suspect who resisted being put into their police car, while the crowd was bullying and taunting the officers. When one of the officers charged to detain another man, the suspect put him in a headlock or chokehold, a controversial tactic for which police are often criticized, and which is about to be banned in NYC. After a short struggle, the suspect brings the cop to the ground and runs away, as the crowd continues to cheer and shout profanities. The officer suffered a gash to the head that required several stitches, and while many people online condemned the attack on law enforcement, some found twisted ‘irony’ in a situation where a controversial chokehold was used against an officer. Meanwhile, it emerged that the suspect is a known gang member who turned himself in a week later, according to the NY Post, but wound up being released without any charges, pending further investigation by the Bronx DA’s office.

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