Protests over the police-custody death of George Floyd heated up in New York City on Friday, with one man arrested for allegedly punching an NYPD sergeant in the head with brass knuckles in lower Manhattan and police releasing chemical mace at an unruly demonstration of more than a thousand people outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, police sources said.
The brass-knuckles wielding man allegedly walloped the sergeant as crowds massed at around 4 p.m. near Centre and Leonard streets; he was one of more than 11 protestors to be arrested in Manhattan, sources told The Post.
In Brooklyn Friday night, thousands of angry protesters stood outside the Prospect Heights arena that the Brooklyn Nets call home, chanting, “They’re killing us!” and “F–k those pigs” while holding signs that read, “NYPD KKK.” At one point, the crowd roared at the sound of fireworks going off.
Police sprayed mace on protesters after several in attendance began throwing things, police sources said. Cops were caught on camera beating several protestors with batons as others screamed.
Protesters are demanding justice for Floyd, the black man in Minneapolis who died Monday after a cop knelt on his neck during his arrest.
The officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested earlier Friday and charged with unintentional murder and manslaughter, though accusations against him may be escalated, a Minnesota prosecutor said.
Manhattan’s demonstrations were one of many high-tempered protests taking place across the country, including violent demonstrations in Minneapolis, where protesters burned down a police precinct on Thursday.
Friday marked the second day of protests in New York City. On Thursday 72 demonstrators were arrested after tense altercations with police.
“I want to just say anyone who wants to protest, we’re going to protect your right to protest, but please also respect [that] the cop in front of you did not create the problem,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday on WNYC radio’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
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