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Scores of NYPD officers clashed with and arrested dozens of Black Lives Matter demonstrators for refusing orders to disperse, a battle that spilled into diners at a Manhattan eatery Saturday night.

Patrons at the Cowgirl restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village got caught up in the melee as officers rushed in and then struggled with resistant protesters.

Customers were sent scrambling as police rushed demonstrators, some of whom tried to hide among patrons who blasted them and NYPD officers for having been caught up in the ruckus.

Protesters had gathered on a sidewalk and the pedestrian island on Hudson Street near 10th Street, with a swarm of bike officers and other NYPD cops facing them. An automated warning informing demonstrators they were violating ordinances restricting pedestrian and vehicle traffic can be heard in the background.

As protesters continued to ignore police instructions, around 9 p.m. officers rushed them and began to make arrests, most for disorderly conduct, the New York Post reported.

“What are you doing?” shouts one person as officers close in and begin making arrests.

Meanwhile, demonstrations in other major U.S. cities, ostensibly in protest over the death of Breonna Taylor, broke out as well, some of them turning violent.

In Seattle, protesters blocked intersections, set fires, and engaged in vehicular antics near the famous Space Needle, hitting and injuring some demonstrators in the process, according to wild videos posted online.

Seven people were arrested after fires were started and windows were broken out during protests in the Capitol Hill district, scene of the so-called “CHOP zone” from earlier this year.

Seattle Police announced around 7 p.m. local time that “protesters have wound their way through the city causing damage along the way.” That included setting ablaze bikes and scooters available for rent.

The multiple demonstrations were eventually declared a riot by police, who moved in to clear the Capitol Hill region. That said, according to several videos posted online, there were no officers near the Space Needle, where several people were doing ‘doughnuts’ with their vehicles, some of whom struck other demonstrators.

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In Louisville, hundreds marched shouting “Black Lives Matter” while some also chanted, “No justice, no peace.” One video posted online claimed that a vehicle was set ablaze during the protests.

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Some police vehicles followed the demonstrators, as officers reminded people to stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets.

Police began breaking up demonstrations as a 9 p.m. curfew approached. Some gathered outside the First Unitarian Church, and afterward, fires were set in a nearby street a few hours later, the Daily Mail reported.

The police department noted that one vehicle was lit up by fireworks and burned, while protesters broke some windows at nearby Spalding University.

National Guard troops in riot gear were also deployed to Louisville, with some assisting police in clearing out demonstrators.

“I’m mindful that many in our community are hurting and angry about the decisions announced this week,” Mayor Greg Fischer said this week following an announcement by state Attorney General Daniel Cameron that no murder charges would be filed against officers involved in the Taylor shooting.

While noting their First Amendment right to demonstrate, Fischer said “we just ask you to do that peacefully please.”

There were also protests in California and Denver, Colo., the Daily Mail noted.

Jon Dougherty

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