An NYPD officer was attacked by two men in the Bronx last night. The incident was caught on video by onlookers, and posted to Twitter.
According to the New York Post, onlookers reported the assault, while some were heard encouraging the assault of the suspects. The footage shows two men throwing an unknown object at the officer who is on the ground struggling with another protestor.
Once the suspect hits the officer with the object, the other suspect manages to run away. The officer stands up but appears to be somewhat shook. It appears that he may have sustained a head injury in the altercation. The officer then draws his gun, although he does not point it at anyone and the crowd disperses.
The video is captured from a moving car where the man recording can be heard yelling, "F**k 12" which is an anti-cop slogan.
In response to the video, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the officer in the video should be stripped of his gun and badge.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday De Blasio said, “There’s a video going around of a police officer in the middle of a situation that admittedly looks chaotic, but protesters were in front of that police officer, that police officer drew his gun at some point yesterday.”
De Blasio added, “That to me seeing that video was absolutely unacceptable … I want you to note on that video, a superior officer immediately came over and moved that officer away from that crowd, that officer should have his gun and badge taken away today.”
The altercation took place on Monday night as police in Manhattan struggled to contain the crowds of protestors and looters. Another officer was injured around the same time on Madison Avenue, although little is yet known as to what exactly occurred. The video does show the aftermath however of an officer laying face-down on the sidewalk as another officer rushes to help him, carrying a bottle of water.
The Bronx was on fire last night, and looters entered many stores as well. De Blasio, who demanded an officer's badge, was responsible for deploying more officers to the area to try to control the rampant property damage and theft.
A blog called Uptown Collective shared video of the fires, calling them an "ominous sign."
In the 1970s and 80s, much of the South Bronx burned, and many of the fires of abandoned buildings were arson.
Last night, jewelry stores, shoe stores, and other establishments were looted and vandalized.
De Blasio left the area about 1 a.m., noting that more help would be on the way.
The clean up this morning was done by residents of the community.
"I’m so devastated by what happened to these businesses," said Amin Razzaque, 28, who assisted with clean up and spread the word on social media.
She went on to say of the small business owners, "It’s not fair to them. They work very hard for what they’re earning. It's their livelihood. I'm a working class citizen so I understand how they feel. If I can't work, I can't provide for my family. The goal here is to recover and become better as a community."
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz said that, "What happened last night was not a protest. What happened last night was criminal. We can not tolerate it and we say no to it collectively."
"There is a time and a place to protest," Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. "To come out here and to destroy our own Bronx community is not the way. Violence is not going to bring about the change that we need."
There has been no update on the officer's injuries as yet.