” We hold the line, we do not respond on our own,” said Juanita Holmes, who was selected last week as chief of patrol, a task in which she manages the departments biggest and most noticeable arm. “We do not just arbitrarily jail individuals, even if they throw a bottle.”
Christina Goldbaum, Edgar Sandoval, Ashley Southall and Ali Watkins contributed reporting.
The protesters had quickly shut down traffic in the community while chanting slogans like “every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground” as they passed shop restaurants where customers were delighting in supper on an unseasonably warm night.
The scene in the West Village contrasted dramatically with the near-giddy state of mind that had carried the protesters along earlier as they contacted us to “defund the police,” have actually every vote counted and end racial injustice.
As the conflict unfolded, Chloe Hartstein tape-recorded the arrest of a buddy while standing throughout from a row of officers clad in riot equipment.
Today, police officials, on guard for violent unrest, had actually used trucks and barricades to create a “frozen zone” around President Trumps masterpiece property in Midtown, Trump Tower, while dispatching officers to each of the more than 1,200 polling stations in the city on Tuesday.
Cops officials said they had actually performed an internal review of the departments handling of the protests and had actually introduced changes that consisted of training rank-and-file officers in addition to senior leaders in condition control.
” They didnt provide a reason for his arrest,” she said. “They just took him.”
Ms. Hartstein stated that her friend, whom she identified as a member of the activist group Street Riders NYC, had been walking on Sixth Avenue with lots of other people when officers surrounded the group at near Ninth Street and put him in the back of a paddy wagon.
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Using the police technique known as kettling, the officers pressed protesters out of the street and sought to contain them on sidewalks. At one point, as a few lots demonstrators strolled down an empty side street near the park, authorities on bicycles raced passed them and blocked them at the next cross street.
As the protesters banged against signposts and yelled at the authorities to move, more officers in riot equipment joined the fray. Another group of police, their bright blue and black helmets bobbing beneath the lights from houses above, approached from behind.
With the protesters surrounded, lots of officers in riot equipment moved in, encircling the group and pushing protesters to the ground as they made arrests.
” Why are you in riot gear, we dont see no riot here,” protesters who had actually not been hemmed in screamed.
Smoke, flashing blue and red cops lights and the noise of yelling filled the streets as officers, some of them grabbing their targets in rough style, tried to separate the crowd. A recorded message that the event was unlawfully blocking traffic shrieked from a speaker.
At least 3 individuals were apprehended for setting trash-can fires, the cops said; others were apprehended due to the fact that they had actually obstructed subway entrances, the authorities said. Still others who were nabbed had thrown trash and eggs, the police said.
A minimum of 58 people were jailed in connection with the demonstrations, said a senior law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss the cases openly.
” We appreciate and value the significance of freedom of speech,” the Police Department stated in a statement published on Twitter, adding that those who were jailed had actually “tried to hijack a serene protest.”
A 2nd fight happened around 9:30 p.m. near Union Square Park and involved a separate group that had marched through the Manhattan streets, flanked at all times by officers on bicycles, after gathering outside the Plaza Hotel.
The crowd was crushing around near the crossway of 14th Street and Third Avenue when officers hurried in. One demonstrator, Bahlya Yansane, 29, stated it appeared that an officer had actually fallen off or dropped his bike after jousting repeatedly with a protester who had actually been trying to require the officer onto the sidewalk.
Crowds of officers raced into and separated the crowd, arresting several people and wrestling some to the ground, he stated.
” Im shook up right now,” said Mr. Yansane, who noted that he had actually been attending street protests in the city because May.
Beyond the garbage fires, there was no evidence of the residential or commercial property damage that some company owner were clearly anticipating when they boarded up their stores against the kind of robbery and rioting that broke out briefly in June in New York amid demonstrations after the police killing of George Floyd.
Terence A. Monahan, the chief of department and the police forces leading uniformed official, said at a press conference today that officers were “completely prepared” to keep the city safe in case of unrest.
” My message to anyone who desires to cause violence and damage is do not even attempt it,” he said.
Cops officials sounded confident that officers would manage any unrest differently than they did over the summer season, when they seemed captured off guard by what developed into huge protests. Thousands of officers were pulled onto patrol, lots of for the very first time in years, with little or no training in how to manage big crowds.
In a reprise of the violent street altercations that erupted sometimes in New York over the summer season, a day of tranquil demonstrations in Manhattan on Wednesday became clashes in between protesters and the cops after night fell, causing almost 60 arrests.
The protests and subsequent conflicts came as the city and much of the rest of the United States stayed on edge amid the presidential elections unsure outcome and with the Police Department prepared to stop any potential unrest.
At around 8:30 p.m. in the West Village, a phalanx of officers proceeded a group of a number of hundred people who had gathered previously outside the New York Public Library in Midtown before marching to Washington Square Park.