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Throughout a protest in New York, an NYPD SUV will be seen plowing right into a crowd. It is unclear if there have been accidents.

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Two New York Police Division autos plowed into demonstrators rallying towards police brutality Saturday as the gang pushed a barricade towards one in every of them and pelted it with objects.

The incident occurred close to Prospect Park in Brooklyn and was captured on at least two videos – one from the road and one from above – that have been shared extensively on social media. A number of folks have been knocked to the bottom, and it was unclear if anybody was damage.

Whereas some condemned the actions of the officers, Mayor Invoice de Blasio defended the officers saying their security was threatened by the gang. 

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“Look, I’ve seen that video, and I’ve clearly heard about various different situations -– it’s inappropriate for protestors to encompass a police automobile and threaten cops,” de Blasio mentioned at a information convention late Saturday. 

“It’s clear completely different component has come into play right here who’re attempting to harm cops and attempting to wreck their autos, and if a police officer is [in] that scenario they should get out that scenario,” he mentioned.

He added that “the video was upsetting, and I want the officers hadn’t carried out that. However I additionally understood that they didn’t begin the scenario. The scenario was began by a bunch of protestors converging on a police automobile, attacking that automobile, it’s unacceptable.”

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The overhead video begins with a shot of an NYPD SUV being blocked by demonstrators with a steel barrier. A bag of rubbish, a site visitors cone and cans are thrown on the SUV.

A second NYPD SUV then drives across the blocked one after which slowly pushes by means of the gang who bang on it. The primary SUV then jolts ahead pushing a number of demonstrators to the bottom. At the least one demonstrator then jumps on the hood of the primary SUV earlier than the video ends.

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, mentioned the officers might have killed many demonstrators. She criticized de Blasio for his feedback.

“This second calls for management & accountability from every of us,” she wrote in a tweet. “Defending and making excuses for NYPD operating SUVs into crowds was fallacious.”

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea did not instantly tackle the incident.

However in a tweet posted on Sunday morning, Shea informed his officers that he’s “extraordinarily happy with the best way you’ve comported yourselves within the face of such persistent hazard, disrespect, and denigration” by way of a tweet Sunday morning.

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“What it was, fairly frankly, was a mob bent solely on making the most of a second in American historical past, to co-opt the reason for equality that all of us should uphold, to deliberately inflict chaos, mayhem, and harm only for the sake of doing so,” Shea wrote.

Protests continued for the third consecutive evening Saturday. It was the town’s worst day of unrest in a long time as fires burned, windows got smashed and harmful confrontations between demonstrators and officers flared. 

New York Metropolis police mentioned 345 folks have been arrested, 33 officers have been injured and 27 police autos have been broken.

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Scott Fallon covers the atmosphere for NorthJersey.com. To get limitless entry to the newest information about how New Jersey’s atmosphere impacts your well being and well-being,  please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

Electronic mail: fallon@northjersey.com Twitter: @newsfallon 

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