ROCHESTER, NY – Video has surfaced of a husband and wife who were attacked outside of a business being vandalized by a group of rioting miscreants.
The couple were allegedly asking them to cease the destruction, when the group turned on them and began beating them with 2X4s.
Video shows woman attacked outside Rochester business https://t.co/Herid1Bp7D
— 13WHAM (@13WHAM) May 31, 2020
A group of four vandals were destroying the exterior of the Rochester Fire Equipment Company on Marshall Street, reportedly trying to gain entry into a jewelry store next door.
A woman who was standing outside was said to have plead with the group to stop the vandalism.
While still partaking in the destruction, one of the group members started attacking the woman, and another beat her with a large 2X4. The woman’s husband came running out with a golf club to defend her, and the mob starts to attack him as well.
The man who recorded the incident, identified as Joe Painter, said he had to suddenly stop documenting the incident as he said that the group caught wind of him filming and started to run toward him. The unidentified woman was said to be recovering in the hospital as of May 31st.
The investigation into the attack is ongoing.
New York has been getting hit hard with the actions of rioters taking advantage of the protests.
Reports are already coming in from all over the city on Saturday’s night of violence against police officers.
Violent riots in NYC. Rioters assaulted and knocked over an officer on a bike. pic.twitter.com/u9O0npnfzC
— Irina Tsukerman (@irinatsukerman) May 30, 2020
And you know things are getting bad with the riots and protests in New York City when Mayor Bill de Blasio has to be the one to speak common sense.
— Nate Benson (@natebenson) May 31, 2020
The streets were flooded with a blend of demonstrators and rioters on May 29th, all in response to the death of George Floyd.
Violence flares at New York city protest, arrests made, there is a large police presence. pic.twitter.com/rkuRkNnc4S
— Farhang F. Namdar (@FarhangNamdar) May 28, 2020
With reports of police vans being torched in the city, officers from the NYPD being assaulted, and hundreds of people needing to be arrested, Mayor de Blasio stated that his police force had zero to do with what happened several states over in Minnesota:
— Eric Sears (@EricScott_NYC) May 31, 2020
“I want to just say anyone who wants to protest, we’re going to protect your right to protest, but please also respect [that] the cop in front of you did not create the problem.”
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
The city mayor’s statements are reflective of a “what’s this got to do with us?” mentality, which is a fair notion. Mayor de Blasio also took to Twitter, noting that “deescalating” the situation was top priority, and that he doesn’t “want to see another night like this.”
We have a long night ahead of us in Brooklyn. Our sole focus is deescalating this situation and getting people home safe. There will be a full review of what happened tonight. We don’t ever want to see another night like this.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 30, 2020
Interesting that the same mayor who was attacking the Jewish community for saying goodbye to the fallen in funerals recently hasn’t made much of a peep about “social distancing”.
If NYC does not show a big spike in covid hospitalizations in the next few weeks, then the city needs to go straight to a phase 4 reopening. pic.twitter.com/vcUQy4Rgrs
— FLERP! (@FLERP8) May 31, 2020
When looking at some of the footage from the May 29th protests in New York City, it’s understandable why the mayor wouldn’t want another episode akin to what played out.
(Clip cut to hide faces) NYPD w riot gear break through barriers set up by protesters at Fort Greene Park. Bottles fly and the vehicle nearby was set on fire again. Crowd dispersed shortly after as cops chased some people into the park and down nearby streets#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/NjB9xJf5iq
— Tara Reade Deserves a Trial (@KABProdNYC) May 30, 2020
Footage showed physical clashes stemming from protesters trying to fight police while they were enacting arrests.
A lot just popped off at the protest for George Floyd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Pepper spray, batons, and several arrests. pic.twitter.com/ZuciQA82fe
— Jon Campbell (@j0ncampbell) May 29, 2020
Certain accounts of the demonstration stated that one officer was punched in the head with brass knuckles, while other reports came in saying a suspect was taken into custody for throwing a trash can at a police officer.
Current estimates of people arrested were around 200 out of the over-3,000 protesters in attendance as of May 30th.
Video has also surfaced of the smoldering remains of an NYPD police vehicle that was torched during the evening that played out.
Nypd van on fire in fort Greene pic.twitter.com/NHhQFCd4Wf
— Scott Heins (@scottheins) May 30, 2020
A woman was also arrested for attempted murder charges for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a NYPD police vehicle that had four officers inside at the time. Police were able to exit the vehicle unharmed, and the device luckily did not ignite the van.
— JOSHUA (@thelifeofshua) May 30, 2020
Authorities say the woman behind that attack is 27-year-old Samantha Shader. NYPD Chief Terence Monahan said the following about that arrest:
“Those officers are lucky to be alive today. We apprehended that person and they are going to be prosecuted federally. That’s someone not from this community that’s going to hopefully be going away to jail for a long time.”
The suspect’s sister, 21-year-old Darian Shader, was also taken into custody for allegedly interfering with the arrest. The sister is now facing charges of obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.
Federal charges are expected to be announced against multiple people involved in yesterday’s Molotov cocktail incidents, including the one thrown at a police van occupied by 4 police officers.
We will not tolerate actions like these against New York City Police Officers. pic.twitter.com/8GTXRNtXKA
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 30, 2020
Like many other city officials have been mentioning lately, Chief Monahan noted that many of the hostile participants within the protest in New York City seemed to not be from the area:
“This was a very organized attack on police officers that was committed by people not from these communities, not from New York. A lot of outside instigators who were there solely for one reason…to fight the police. This is out of towners, people not part of the communities, people that are coming in to our neighborhoods, into our communities, and causing mayhem.”
New York, Brooklyn, clashes broke out between police and protesters. Participants in the riots smash and set fire to police cars. pic.twitter.com/azDTwwWHs4
— Farhang F. Namdar (@FarhangNamdar) May 30, 2020
The numerous videos of the riot that happened within New York City have flooded Twitter, with instance after instance of vandalism and violence showcased.
Considering all that the city endured between the evening hours of the 29th and the early morning of the 30th, it’s making sense as to why so many were arrested during the demonstration.
— Vinnie Sullivan 🇬🇧 (@greatwhitevin) May 29, 2020
While Mayor de Blasio has requested that an independent entity conduct an investigation into the riot that occurred in New York City, even he did not condone the attacks on police:
“They meant to attack police vehicles. And they did. They meant to attack police precincts. And that is all purely unacceptable. It does not reflect our values. We will not accept that.”
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