SANTA MONICA, CA – The long arm of the law finally caught up with a man who threw a 40-ounce glass bottle at the back of a police officer’s head during a Black Lives Matter protest on May 31.
Drew Miller, 38, was arrested July 17, according to KTLA, and charged with suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. He was held on $500,000 bail.
According to police, the bottle shattered on the officer’s helmet and caused injuries.
— Tina Patel (@tina_patel) May 31, 2020
During the May 31 protests in Santa Monica, which started at noon, groups of protesters started looting stores, and KCBS captured the mayhem from its helicopter.
There were also several fires started and many police cars were damaged, according to KCBS. The Santa Monica Fire Department said there were four structure fires, four car fires and a dumpster fire.
By 4 p.m. a citywide curfew had to be put into effect by the city of Santa Monica. Despite the curfew, people were seen still looting businesses. CBSLA reporter Cristy Fajardo was on the scene and reported that bags of feces were also thrown at police.
Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Terry O’Day said that the National Guard was called in May 31. People fought with police in Santa Monica and tear gas was deployed by the police that same day, according to KTLA.
There were more than 400 people arrested over the May 31 weekend. Police Chief Cynthia Renaud said 95 percent of the people arrested were not from Santa Monica.
Santa Monica police say they continue to investigate crimes committed during protests on May 31. Tips can be shared by calling 310-458-8451 or emailed to [email protected]
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Protesters throwing heavy objects at police officers’ heads seems to be a thing these days.
We reported on an NYPD lieutenant whose face was smashed with a brick in Brooklyn on May 29. He lost a tooth and his face was bloodied.
Make NO Mistake DeBlasio! Lasts nights riots were NOT the fault of the NYPD. Your comments fuel more attacks just like when you got Ramos & Liu assassinated. You sent cops out without helmets & batons. This is the result. Maybe you need to stand in front of the NYPD at a protest. https://t.co/q1E9gXtQSC pic.twitter.com/cAKNbKh5aU
— SBA (@SBANYPD) May 30, 2020
Another New Yorker, Christopher Cabrera, 25, was arrested July 20 for two counts of assault and rioting. On May 30, Cabrera allegedly threw a brick and struck a 35-year-old male police officer on the helmet in Manhattan before fleeing westbound on East 11th Street, then southbound on 5th Avenue within the confines of the 6th Precinct.
Police had released video of the suspect hiding and were able to use information from both Facebook and Lyft to confirm his identity.
The officer was taken to a hospital and had cuts and swelling to his face, according to Daily News.
Cabrera was arrested in his home in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx around 8:30 a.m. and transported to Central Booking for processing, police said.
Cabrera, who had no criminal record, according to Daily News, will have one now.
ABC7NY showed a video of another NYPD lieutenant getting struck on the head with a brick by a suspect who sneaks up on him. Immediately following the attack, an officer pulled out his weapon.
“I felt like I got shot,” Rodriguez told NBC 4 News. “They were throwing rocks, bottles, vacuum cleaners. They threw a moped at us.”
The lieutenant suffered some head trauma, but was spared more serious injury because he was wearing a helmet, authorities said.
The incident happened at around 10 p.m. May 31, while NYPD officers were policing a protest near East 12th Street and Broadway.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, not long before his own daughter was arrested in a riot, said he was taking a “light touch” to the riots in the city, and now many are questioning the effectiveness of his approach.
This was Manhattan last night. If this is NOT the NYC you want to live in, then stop electing leaders who support asinine policies that let this happen. pic.twitter.com/ApOrr5x2pt
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) July 27, 2020
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