A fifth protester was arrested and charged in connection with assaulting police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge during a December 13th protest.
Twenty-nine year-old English professor and poet, Eric Linsker, from CUNY was one of the protesters arrested earlier in connection with the assault on two police officers.
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Linsker was charged with second degree assault and starting a riot. Police also found pot on Linsker when he was arrested.
Five protesters have now been charged in the attack on police.
A fifth person has been charged in connection with assaulting two New York City police lieutenants during a political demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge last month, officials said on Friday.
Police are searching for the remaining two suspects in the Dec. 13 attack during the height of demonstrations over decisions by grand juries to return no charges against white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.
Jarrod Shanahan, 29, surrendered to authorities on Thursday, and was charged with crimes including assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, NYPD spokesman Carlos Nieves said.
Shanahan is accused of joining a group of protesters who police say punched and kicked the officers as they tried to arrest a man for attempting to throw a trash can onto a road below the bridge, where other protesters and police were walking, according to a police statement.
One of the officers suffered a broken nose and both were cut and bruised in the altercation, police said. The bridge connects the borough of Brooklyn with lower Manhattan.
A $25,000 reward was offered shortly after the incident by crime reporting program Crime Stoppers and civic group Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those accused of the crime.
Four other suspects – Cindy Gorn, 29, Robert Murray, 43, Maria Garcia, 36 and Zachary Campbell, 32 – have been arrested and charged in connection with aiding in the assault, police said.
The English professor was carrying a bag full of hammers.
Police evidence (SLive)
The published poet also had a backpack full of hammers but his lawyer said there is no way to prove that the bag belonged to Linsker.
Hat Tip Kristinn