BLM protest in New York City turns violent as two cops, member of press reportedly assaulted

A Black Lives Matter-led protest involving about 100 people in New York City Friday night turned violent, reportedly leaving two police officers slightly injured as well as a photographer for the New York Daily News.

The NYPD said 11 people were arrested after a march that began in Midtown Manhattan went awry, the New York Post reported, adding that the department did not immediately release the extent or type of their injuries.


Some protesters who were arrested were allegedly involved in beating Daily News photographer Sam Costanza after he was mistakenly accused of being a police officer by someone in the mob.

Costanza was surrounded by marchers and then allegedly attacked and kicked after one of them recognized him from a previous BLM protest that took place outside the NYPD’s 6th Precinct last year in Greenwich Village, sources told the paper.

One protester reportedly started yelling, “He’s a cop,” which agitated protest participants and incited them to attack Costanza. About a dozen demonstrators reportedly surrounded him and began hitting him with their fists and other objects. 

Police said he suffered a bloodied nose but did not seek medical attention.

 
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The violence comes as Democrats attempt to impeach and convict former President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting the Capitol riot that took place Jan. 6. 

During their defense presentation on Friday, Trump’s defense lawyers played several video clips of Democrats appearing to either incite violence against him and his supporters or excuse BLM and Antifa violence and rioting that occurred throughout much of last year.

“This is — I — I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be, when people realize that this is a policy that they defend,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in one clip, comments she made during a June 2018 press conference discussing Trump administration’s asylum policies.

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity earlier this week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blasted Democrats for having double standards when it comes to the Capitol riot and the scores of riots last year.

“I don’t remember any of these House managers saying a damn thing when they were trying to break into my house and going after Susan Collins and spitting on all of us,” he said.

“The ‘Not Guilty’ vote is growing after today,” Graham tweeted Thursday. “I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House Managers offensive and absurd.”

As for BLM and Antifa, members of those two groups have continued to engage in violence before and after the inauguration of President Joe Biden last month, including in New York City.

Protesters stormed streets in Manhattan last month, the week before Biden took office, at one point attacking a female journalist over her alleged support for Trump and chanting “Whose mother-f**king streets? Our mother-f**king streets.”

“She’s a f**king Nazi,” one man shouted at social journalist Tara Szczepanski. “She supports Trump; why are you protecting her?”

“Footage caught across of when I was trying to get away, and I’m screaming to get off me, they hitting me with the umbrella and then knock my equipment, when I picked it up they smashed the egg and hit me in the head, then knocked my phone off,” she wrote in a Twitter post that included video.

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