Violent anti-police Black Lives Matter protest in NYC leaves 2 officers injured, 11 protesters arrested

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – A recent “anti-police” protest sponsored by Black Lives Matter unsurprisingly turned violent Friday, February 12, leaving 2 NYPD officers and a photographer injured.

The New York Post reports that approximately 100 people joined the protest, which marched through midtown Manhattan.

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.

According to the police, after the arrest, “someone rushed police officers.”

Following that attack, per the NYPD, there ensued a “melee” that “resulted in several people in handcuffs.”

One focus of the violence involved New York Daily News photographer Sam Costanza.

Costanza was working at the protest when one of the participants recognized him from a previous protest at the NYPD 6th Precinct headquarters in Greenwich Village in 2020. 

In the mistaken belief that Costanza was a police officer, the protester pointed Constanza out to his violent counterparts, who jumped him.

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.

The anti-police protesters’ violent and aggressive behavior was not limited to assaults.

Protesters also harassed restaurant customers and committed vandalism and theft.

The New York Police Department tweeted:

“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.”

The NYPD added:

“This is not a peaceful protest.

“An investigation into these crimes is under way by @NYPDDetectives.”

A total of 11 individuals were arrested at the violent event.

According to the NYPD:

“Six women and four men were charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration, unlawful assembly and assault.”

Some of those persons were involved in the attack on Costanza.

Those ten protesters were given desk appearance tickets and released from custody.

Another violent protester, Angel Rivera, was arrested after assaulting police officers, kicking one in the foot and biting another on his leg.

Rivera was charged with:

“two counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of assault, one count of resisting arrest, obstructing governmental justice and unlawful possession of a noxious matter.”

Two police officers were injured during the violent protest, and two police vehicles were vandalized.  There are no details at this writing as to the cause of injury or condition of the officers.

These examples of violence from Black Lives Matter protestors occurred less than a week after BLM and Antifa marched through Washington, D.C., threatening innocent citizens.

A “DC Queer and Trans Black History Month March and Rally” was organized on February 6.  BLM marchers were joined by Antifa in calls to burn down the city.

The protesters attempted to intimidate diners, and they clashed with police who were standing between the diners and the aggressive protesters.

According to Fox News, none of the thousands of National Guard troops located in D.C. were requested to assist with the chaos because it did not happen near the Capitol or on federal property.

Also per Fox News, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declined to comment on the threats and unrest.

Fortunately, D.C. police reported no injuries on the night in question.  There were also no arrests made.

It appears that Joe Biden’s overtures of “love” and “unity” have fallen on deaf ears when it comes to the continuing violent antics by BLM and Antifa.

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Based on recent statistics, odds are that about a third of those issued desk appearance tickets after the violence in New York will not appear.

Here is our recent report on the effects of NYC’s ‘bail reform’:

New York ‘bail reform’: Nearly 1/3 of defendants issued appearance tickets miss court date

 

BUFFALO, NY – The impact of bail reform in New York has recently revealed some concerning numbers, in that nearly one-third of defendants issued appearance tickets wind up missing their scheduled court appearances.

Law enforcement officials and legal experts recently weighed-in on what bail reform looks like after having it as a reality for over one year.

Samuel Davis, who is an attorney and of-counsel at The Dolce Firm, feels that bail reform was something that needed to be addressed and implemented before it came into reality in the onset of 2020. But even he noted that the execution of bail reform, “shook the system”.

Buffalo Police Deputy Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia is aware of what the intended spirit of bail reform was meant to address, saying the following:

“The last thing you want is somebody arrested on some non-violent property type crime, who’s not a repeat criminal, and sitting in the holding center, because they can’t come up with $1,000, or even $100. That’s just not necessary.”

Yet, looking back at how bail reform actually came to be, Deputy Commissioner Gramaglia is well aware of the prevalent flaws that can lead to some serious issues within the community, saying:

“We’ve seen repeatedly defendants arrested multiple times with pending gun cases where our officers are out there, putting their lives at risk, arresting individuals – violent felons with guns again and again.”

Defendants facing gun-related charges in the era of bail reform has been one of the topics hosting the highest contentions. Deputy Commissioner Gramaglia stated that judges handling some of these cases are being far too lenient on bail amounts:

“The problem that we’re seeing repeatedly is judges giving very low bail and in some cases, no bail.”

The new procedures surrounding bail reform within New York, with several offenses that would’ve previously prompted for defendants to have a bail hearing before a judge, are now simply being cited with court appearance tickets and the defendants are set free.

Deputy Commissioner Gramaglia commented on that saying:

“When they’re picked up on that warrant, if it was a qualifying offense to begin with, they have to be released. The judge cannot set bail, they have to walk out the door.”

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn noted that while it’s been a year since bail reform was enacted, it’s still unclear as to the exact degree that the released defendants are contributing to the likes of violent crime, saying:

“The reality of the situation, okay, is that we, meaning the police, don’t really know if it’s a concern. Because the majority…of the homicides, and the non-fatal shootings are unsolved. I don’t know who did it. So if the guy is out on bail and he did it I might not know.”

Despite there being a lack of quantifiable data to examine in order to understand to what degree bail reform is impacting violent crimes, Erie County DA Flynn is nonetheless frustrated that his office can’t even entertain the possibility of requesting bail amounts for certain alleged offenders.

He stated:

“[Before the enactment of bail reform] I told all my assistant DAs, ‘Listen here, from now on, don’t ask for bail on any misdemeanors or non violent felons, unless there’s a darn good reason.’ And, the problem is now with the bail reform is that there’s no longer that darn good reason “John Flynn” category.”

But what can be measured, data-wise, is the ratio of appearance tickets issued versus defendants appearing in court. In Erie County and the state courts in 2020, out of the 4,347 people issued appearance tickets for court, 1,339 defendants didn’t show up to their first court date.

That’s nearly a third of all defendants.

And judges can apparently only issue warrants for failure to appear on desk tickets if a defendant misses two court dates. Reportedly, 570 warrants were issued in 2020 for failure to appear in court under desk tickets.

But even when these sort of failure to appear warrants get issued, Deputy Commissioner Gramaglia said there’s not nearly enough “manpower” to just go rounding up these individuals with warrants:

“We certainly don’t have the manpower to go out looking for every single warrant that’s been issued, you know, through Buffalo City Court. But, there are obviously certain levels of crimes, very higher level, violent crimes and things of that nature that we absolutely will send people out for.”

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