Footage claimed displayed the demonstrators crossing the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan before fighting with officers. Some officers deployed pepper spray.
Another video showed the protestors being told by officers to get off the bridge and pushing the crowd back.
According to officials, no damages were reported, and about a half-dozen demonstrators were given appearance tickets for blocking vehicular traffic, reported the New York Post.
Last week, demonstrators and rebels were seen spray-painting red anti-police messages on a monument at Columbus Circle in Upper Manhattan.
Critics of the Black Lives Matter movement and protests have remarked that protesters and rebels frequently vandalize and deface public property, statues, and small businesses—likening the vandalism of statues of historical figures to China’s Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, where crowds of Red Guards would sing Maoist slogans as they demolished temples, statues, and other historic buildings as they tried to eradicate Chinese traditional culture.
Meanwhile, in Portland, Oregon, Ted Wheeler called for a crackdown on Antifa anarchists.
“Our job is to unmask them, arrest them, and prosecute them. I want to personally thank neighbors, family, friends, and others who have come forward with vital evidence. People know who these criminals are. They know what they’re up to,” Wheeler said during a virtual briefing Friday. “If you see somebody engaged in criminal activity, and you can safely film it or take a photograph, please do so. To be clear, we’re asking people to be engaged in a way that is non confrontational, that is nonviolent,” he said.
Recent Black Lives Matter protests seem to have been associated with the fatal officer-involved shooting of a teen girl in Ohio who was filmed trying to stab another girl. In Portland, Antifa groups and demonstrators have revolted and protested after a recent officer-involved shooting of a homeless man.
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn earlier this month, several NYPD officers were hit with an unknown chemical substance and a molotov cocktail was thrown at them during a traffic stop.
After a car was suspended by officers, the driver “threw a lit Molotov cocktail at cops” and sped off before crashing, said the NYPD. After the arrest, more Molotov cocktails were discovered, officials said.
“Words matter. Earlier this week we said that again after graffiti that proclaimed ‘kill cops.’ This morning..a Molotov cocktail thrown at an occupied marked police car,” NYPD Chief Dermot Shea wrote in a tweet on April 17. “Now more than ever is the time to come together, to move forward together.”