New York City Rioters Attack Police Vehicles, Light Fires
Violent protests hit NYC amid another weekend of radical-left violence
Radical-left rioters in New York City have been targeting police vehicles and lighting fires amid another weekend of soaring violence and destruction.
On Saturday night, the anti-cop demonstrators wreaked havoc in Lower Manhattan, setting fires and vandalizing several NYPD vehicles.
Video of the protests, that were meant as a show of solidarity with protesters in Portland and Seattle, exposed the chaos and destruction witnessed in NYC, according to officials and police sources.
Vandals defaced a trio of marked NYPD vans, tagging them with graffiti, slashing their tires, and attempting to smash in their windows with a signpost and the wheel of a bicycle, video of the night’s unrest shows.
Another segment of the video shows four leftists jumping atop a marked department SUV.
One of them is seen holding an inverted American flag with the message “F–k NYPD” scrawled across it in black.
All told, six marked NYPD vehicles were vandalized, according to reports.
A few hundred demonstrators assembled at Rivington and Ludlow streets on the Lower East Side, and from there marched toward One Police Plaza, sowing chaos along the way, sources said.
As the night wound on, fires were lit in several street-corner garbage cans, part of a surreal scene that played out as protesters, cops and everyday New Yorkers dining out at restaurants’ outdoor patios crossed paths.
“F–k you, pigs!” one demonstrator could be heard screaming at lines of riot gear-equipped cops in one moment captured on video.
Tensions came to a head near Confucius Plaza in Chinatown, where cops played a recorded order to disperse.
“If you leave voluntarily, no charges will be placed against you,” the recording said.
“If you refuse to leave, you will be arrested for unlawful assembly.”
More than a dozen people evidently opted for the latter, as at least 18 arrests were made for unlawful assembly, sources said.
The unrest was billed as a show of solidarity with Portland, Ore., a city increasingly marked by violent clashes between demonstrators and authorities — including federal agents deployed by the Trump administration.
Similar chaos on Saturday gripped Atlanta, Seattle, and Baltimore.
The nationwide furor was sparked with the May death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis while in police custody.
A white police officer was captured on video with his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes.
New York in particular suffered several nights of widespread vandalism and looting in the days following Floyd’s death.