CM – Protesters demolish the Central Park memorial and clash with the police

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Protesters clashed with police in Manhattan Thursday night after a police hater memorial was destroyed in Central Park.

Five people were arrested on various charges in Columbus Circle near the USS Maine National Monument, which has been defaced with anti-police graffiti.

« ACAB », an abbreviation for « All cops are bastards », and « F – k 12 », which means « F – k the police », were referenced to the Monument sprayed.

A handful of protesters climbed the memorial at the entrance to Central Park and waved flags, a video posted on Twitter. Some of the paint was splattered to look like blood.

« It turns out that people are looking for a black woman in a red dress who has thrown some paint, » one person told the crowd on a megaphone .

The crowd was part of the Stonewall protests that gather in front of the iconic Greenwich Village bar every week.

The group describes themselves as « Black Queer and Black Trans activists who focus on recognizing all blacks. » Focus on life « on Instagram.

Videos from Thursday night showed at least a hundred demonstrators pushing a swarm of police officers as the officers tried to make arrests. Some of the demonstrators called out to them, « Shame! » and « What’s the matter with you? »

One person who was arrested apparently tried to escape in a taxi before police surrounded the vehicle and was blocked by a crowd of demonstrators.

Police said, One of the collar protesters, Ayden Harrington, 26, hit a 20-year-old man with a skateboard – then resisted the arrest and spat on a police officer. She is also accused of kicking a police officer in the face while being pulled into a patrol car.

Harrington is accused of assault, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of government administration and disorderly conduct Charged.

Armed with banners from Black Lives Matter, the group marched up Eighth Avenue from Christopher Street – and destroyed an MTA bus in Abindgon Square and Bleecker Street, police said.

Graffiti was also sprayed on the outdoor restaurant at Cafe-Flor, a restaurant on Eighth Avenue near West 21st Street.

At one point, protesters also stopped outside the New York Times building in Times Square and shouted: « F – k the New York Times! » To the beat of a drum.

« We respect everyone’s right to protest peacefully, but vandalism is not part of peaceful protest, » the department wrote on T witter.

Joel Rivera, 20, and Jonathan Smith, 32, both from Brooklyn, were caught, according to police, for allegedly scribbling graffiti and throwing red paint on the memorial. They are charged with criminal calamity, making graffiti, resisting arrest, obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct.

According to police, two other people were charged with interfering with government administration – Chriselle Vegas, 20 and Matthew Peters (23). Vega from the Bronx is also charged with disorderly conduct. Both were blown up shortly before midnight on Fifth Avenue and East 59th Street.

The protest was followed by the left-wing Twitter account Protest NYC, in which it was found that between 250 and 300 demonstrators were out in the midst of a “heavy police presence” the Stonewall Inn.

« After a night of peaceful protest, the NYPD waited for most of the protesters to leave and then swarmed out those who remained on the sidewalk, » the group tweeted. “The police have targeted the organizers. Multiple arrests. “

The USS Maine National Monument, inaugurated in 1913, honors the 260 American sailors of the USS Maine, which sank off Havana, Cuba, in 1868, according to the Central Park Conservancy. It’s located on West 59th Street.

The Americans accused the Spaniards of sunk the ship – which helped spark the Spanish-American war that lasted eight months.

The hand-to-hand combat in Manhattan follows a tumultuous moment in the country related to police shootings. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on Tuesday just as police fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio.

Meanwhile, Daunte’s funeral took place on Thursday Wright, who was shot by an officer who mistook her gun for her taser.

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