VIDEO: New Yorkers Trash Police SUV While Officers Respond To Domestic Incident
Brooklyn, NY – A group of Brownsville residents trashed a New York Police Department (NYPD) patrol SUV while the officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call on Halloween night (video below).
The incident occurred near the intersection of Clarkson Avenue and East 95th Street on Oct. 31, WCBS reported.
While the two New York police officers were investigating a report of a domestic dispute inside a nearby building, residents dumped rotting food, eggs, and boxes filled with trash onto the top of their patrol vehicle.
Some of the garbage was then set ablaze, witness Ahmed Naji told WCBS.
Cell phone footage showed the officers as they calmly removed the refuse while laughing residents surrounded them.
“Trick or treat, motherf--kers!” a man yelled out.
“This is what happens in the hood. Police get trashed,” another witness added as he broke into laughter. “Man, this is crazy – look at that!”
One of the officers paused his cleanup effort just long enough to tell the unhelpful bystanders that the incident was preventing them from being able to help people who needed them.
“A lot of people call 911 in this neighborhood,” he pointed out. “They’re holding us up.”
It didn’t appear that any of the bystanders tried to help the officers clear the garbage from their vehicle.
Naji, who works at a nearby bodega, said that the culprits who vandalized the patrol SUV were adults, but that the business’s security cameras were not pointed in the direction where the incident occurred, WCBS reported.
“Somebody should’ve helped instead of take the video,” resident Paris Massey told the news outlet.
The patrol vehicle did not sustain any permanent damage but police said they are looking for those responsible.
“It’s not a prank in any sense of imagination,” retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph Giacalone told WCBS. “I mean, what they do is they slow the response time down to this patrol car or wherever they need to be which puts the public safety in danger.”
Donald Trump Jr. shared cell phone footage of the incident on Twitter.
“This is what the great ‘leadership’ of Gov Andrew Cuomo, Mayor DeBlasio, and Cryin Chuck Schumer has brought to New York,” the President’s son wrote. “Then they seem confused as to why people would be fleeing the state in droves. So woke you’re a joke!”
Protesters were seen in videos on social media helping each other to jump turnstiles to reach the platforms in the stations surrounded by people holding signs that said “No cops, no fares,” according to the news outlet.
There were a few incidences of people who chose to pay their subway fare being verbally accosted by protesters for following the law.
Numerous people held up signs that called NYPD “racist” and advocated violence against police, FOX News reported.
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) tweeted her support for the ensuing chaos.
“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich,” Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet read. “Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community. New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”
Proponents of the demonstration tried to characterize the protesters as “nonviolent,” but that wasn’t the impression of many who were not participating in the march, the New York Post reported.
A group of protesters surrounded an occupied city bus making its way along its route and scared the passengers badly.
“They were banging on the bus, and then a kid with a white mask and a hoodie… used a marker to mark the bus,” one passenger told the New York Post.
They scrawled “F--k NYPD” and “NYPD KKK” on the windows and sides of the bus as trapped, terrified passengers looked on.
“I’m not gonna lie, it was scary,” another passenger told the New York Post.
Some of the protesters carried signs that read, “Don’t let these pigs touch us,” and “Punch that cop!” according to Hannity.com.
A subway rider who told protesters to stop screaming at police officers inside the Hoyt/Schemerhorn station subway station found herself the target of the anti-police demonstrators, the New York Post reported.
Eve Hyman, a 46-year-old high school teacher, told the New York Post she could be sympathetic to the protesters’ message but not their method of delivery, which included “vitriol” and “outrage.”
“I live here. This is my subway stop. I felt bad seeing the police getting bullied,” Hyman said.
Watch cell phone footage of the incident in Brownsville in the video below: