At around 8:30 pm in West Village, a cast of officers moving over a group of several hundred had previously gathered outside the New York Public Library in Midtown before marching to Washington Square Park.
Protesters briefly shut down traffic in the neighborhood while chanting slogans like “every city, every town, burning the surrounding area” as they passed the restaurants. boutique where patrons are enjoying dinner on an absurdly warm evening.
Using a law enforcement tactic known as kettling, the police pushed protesters off the streets and sought to stop them on the sidewalk. At one point, when several dozen protesters walked down an empty street near the park, cycling police officers ran past them and blocked them at the next junction.
As protesters smashed into signs and yelled at police to move, many officers dressed in riot-proofs got involved in the conflict. Yet another group of police, wearing their bright blue and black helmets undulating under the lights from the flats above, approached from behind.
With protesters surrounded, dozens of officers dressed in anti-riot clothing entered, surrounded the group and pushed the protesters to the ground as they made their arrests.
“Why are you wearing anti-riot clothes, we don’t see that there is no violence here,” shouted the protesters who were not restrained.
Smoke, red and blue police lights flashing and screaming filled the streets as officers, some of them brutally grabbed their targets, trying to destroy the crowd. One speaker released a taped announcement that the rally was blocking illegal traffic.
According to the police, at least three people were detained for burning trash; Others were arrested because they blocked the subway entrances, police said. Still others in custody threw trash and eggs, police said.
At least 58 people have been arrested in connection with the protests, a senior law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss publicly about the cases.
“We appreciate and appreciate the importance of freedom of speech,” the Police Department said in a statement posted on Twitter, adding that the detainees had “tried to do so. a peaceful demonstration ”.
The scene in the Western Village contrasts sharply with the quasi-giddy mood that has drawn previous protesters when they called for “taking down the police”, every vote counted and ended the race injustice. .
When the confrontation took place, Chloe Hartstein recorded a friend being arrested while facing a line of officers dressed in riot.
Ms. Hartstein says her friend, whom she identifies as a member of the Street Riders NYC activist group, walked on 6th Avenue with dozens of others as policemen surrounded the group near 9th Street and taken he got behind the police. van.
“They didn’t give a reason for his arrest,” she said. “They just arrested him.”
A second confrontation occurred around 9:30 pm near Union Square Park and was joined by a separate group that marched through the Manhattan streets, always surrounded by cycling officers, after gathering outside the Plaza Hotel.
Crowds were running around near the intersection of Route 14 and Third Avenue as police rushed in. A protester, Bahlya Yansane, 29, said it appeared that an officer fell or fell after a continuous collision with a protester trying to force the officer onto the sidewalk.
A series of officers, he said, rushed in and separated the crowd, arrested some people and dragged some to the ground.
Mr. Yansane said: “I am very confused, saying that he has been participating in street protests in the city since May.
Other than the trash fires, there was no evidence of property damage that some business owners could clearly foresee when they went to their store premises to fight the kind of looting and riots broke out. briefly in June in New York amid protests after police killed George Floyd.
This week, police officials, in anticipation of violent unrest, used trucks and barricades to create a “freezing zone” around President Trump’s display property in Midtown, Trump Tower. , while sending staff to each of the more than 1,200 polling stations in the city on Tuesday.
Terence A. Monahan, police chief and top police uniform officer, said at a press conference this week that the officers were “fully prepared” to keep the city safe. in the event of instability.
“My message to anyone who wants to cause violence and destruction is not to try it,” he said.
Police officials seem confident that the officers will handle any malaise other than what they did over the summer, as they showed off guard at what had turned into the rallies. great love. Thousands of officers were dispatched on patrol, many for the first time in years, with little or no training in how to handle large crowds.
Police officials said they had conducted an internal review of the ministry’s handling of the demonstrations and came up with changes including training of level officers and records as well as leaders. Advanced levels of disorder control.
Juanita Holmes, who was appointed last week as the team leader, said: “We hold the line, we do not react alone,” said Juanita Holmes, who was appointed last week as the weekly team leader. check, a job where she oversees the set’s largest and most visible arm. “We don’t just take people arbitrarily, even if they throw a bottle.”
Christina Goldbaum, Edgar Sandoval, Ashley Southall and Ali Watkins contributed to the report.