A violent Black Lives Matter “protest” in New York City left two police officers and a journalist injured on Friday evening.
Eleven militant leftists were arrested over the political violence that the media has largely ignored.
Approximately 100 people were involved.
Tonight’s #F12 #DEFUNDPOLICE #BlackLivesMatter march has reached Times Square with around 100 demonstrators. Two small flags were just burned in a circle of pavement near the Times Square NYPD annex — one US flag, and one Blue Lives flag. pic.twitter.com/8x7Dx01U4r
— NYC Protest Updates (@protest_nyc) February 13, 2021
Law Enforcement Today reports that “according to police, the protest was ‘peaceful at first.’ However, protesters began clashing with police at 6th Avenue and West 54th Street when police arrested one protester.”
Following the arrest, a militant leftist rushed police and prompted a “melee” that “resulted in several people in handcuffs.”
Last night, individuals participating in a demonstration entered a restaurant in the #EastVillage and began to harass patrons, damage property, steal items and write graffiti. This is not a peaceful protest. An investigation into these crimes is under way by @NYPDDetectives. pic.twitter.com/YPRhmq6aJQ
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 12, 2021
The far-left activists did not just target police, they also attacked New York Daily News photographer Sam Costanza after someone recognized him from a protest at a police station last year and believed that he was a police officer.
“In the mistaken belief that Costanza was a police officer, the protester pointed Constanza out to his violent counterparts, who jumped him,” Law Enforcement Today’s report continues. “Costanza believes he was attacked by 10-15 people, who assaulted him with fists and other weapons. He said he also believed those violent protesters broke his nose, but he declined medical attention at the scene.”
One of the militants, Angel Rivera, was arrested after assaulting two police officers. He kicked one in the foot and bit another on his leg.