Off-Duty NYC Police Officer Attacked During Protest Over Police Violence

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Demonstrators and police officers clashed on the streets of Brooklyn Tuesday night, in a protest against alleged acts of police brutality throughout the country.

A source said one off-duty officer was attacked during the protest.

The demonstrators started in Union Square and marched down Broadway before targeting the Brooklyn Bridge, 1010 WINS reported.

The protesters then made their way to the 78th Precinct station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Officers held their ground on one side of the street as protesters continued to spread their message about police brutality on the other, CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported.

According to a police source, an off-duty NYPD sergeant, who was on his way home, was assaulted during Tuesday’s protest, 1010 WINS reported.

Sources said when his vehicle was blocked by protesters, he got out and a verbal argument ensued with several demonstrators. Then, someone punched him in the face, sources said. The off-duty officer was taken to a hospital, sources said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office released a statement addressing reports that two NYPD officers were assaulted during the protest.

“Reports this evening that two of our NYPD officers were assaulted by protestors reminds us that here in New York City, violence or threats of violence against the police are unacceptable and will absolutely not be tolerated. These attacks will be thoroughly investigated, and we will urge the full prosecution of the perpetrators, the statement said.

“And any other person who might use the right to peaceful protest as cover to initiate violence, cause mayhem or incite disorder — whether against the police, the people or property of our great City — should consider themselves on notice that New York City will not stand for it. Anyone who decides foolishly to engage in such destructive acts can expect a swift arrest and aggressive prosecution. As I have said before, such activity is beneath the dignity of New York City.”

Police are working to identify the attackers and looking for possible video of the incident, sources told 1010 WINS.

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SOURCE: CBS New York

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