A protester assaulted a group of New York Police Department (NYPD) cops, including the highest-ranking uniformed member of the department, on Wednesday during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to police and footage of the attack.
The NYPD announced in a tweet around 12:30 p.m. that at least three officers were hurt by someone swinging a long object at the officers while they were placing someone under arrest on the opposite side of one of the bridge’s fences.
A police department spokesperson said the Chief of Department, Terence Monahan, is the other white-shirt member of the department seen in the video with the group at the time of the attack and suffered a non-life-threatening hand injury.
WARNING: THESE PHOTOS ARE GRAPHIC IN NATURE
Three officers violently attacked by protesters crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. The officers sustained serious injuries.
This is not peaceful protest, this will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/cYuDX8G7ku
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 15, 2020
The video shows someone from the group along the bridge approaching the edge of the fence, leaning over and whacking the officers huddled against the barrier.
Three officers suffered serious injuries, the tweet states.
After the first melee, another chaotic brawl occurred between more protesters and police near the where the first one happened.
NEW video shows protesters on Brooklyn Bridge today brawling with cops. NYPD footage just showed cops getting attacked. pic.twitter.com/j9begoedwE
— Shawn Cohen (@spccohen) July 15, 2020
One officer suffered a broken eye socket, NYPD Lt. John Grimpel told Fox News. In total, 37 people were arrested from the protest.
Monahan was one of the NYPD members lauded for taking a knee with protesters during a Jun 1 demonstration in the city.
It was not immediately clear if the video showed the only incident of violence or if others had occurred off-camera.
Author: Stephanie Pagones