Incendiary device confiscated at violent Jordan Neely Manhattan protest

No one has been arrested for or tied to the incendiary device.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC
11 people were arrested and a Molotov cocktail was confiscated on Monday night in Manhattan after protesters clashed with police during a demonstration over the subway chokehold death of Jordan Neely.

Chaos erupted outside the Broadway-Lafayette subway station where an erratic Neely was killed by a former Marine on May 1 after creating a dangerous situation on the train.

The NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey confirmed the arrests during a press conference on Monday night. 

Police at the protests reported a Molotov cocktail on the ground, although no one has been arrested for or tied to the incendiary device. Law enforcement sources told The New York Post that most of the charges were for disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration over sound amplification.

Freelance news photographer Stephanie Keith was among those taken into custody, according to photos and footage from the scene. Authorities alleged she interfered in at least three arrests of other people before she was handcuffed.

Another man, whose face was bleeding, was also apprehended, The Post reports. Sources told The Post he was caught on bodycam footage telling cops he ran into a pole.

Monday night's chaos came two days after protesters held up an Upper East Side train station when they jumped on the subway tracks in a stand against Neely's death. The event was met with a heavy police presence.

Neely, 30, suffered from years of mental illness and was reportedly acting erratically on the train, harassing other passengers before being restrained and ultimately choked by a Marine, Daniel Penny, who applied the chokehold and was taken into custody but later released. 

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