NYPD commissioner gets early morning visit from protesters
NYPD releases teen protester shown on video being loaded into unmarked van by plainclothes officers
The NYPD is defending the arrest of a protester after video of the incident goes viral; Bryan Llenas reports from New York City.
If the spike in shootings isn’t keeping NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea up at night, the protesters probably are.
A group of demonstrators shone lights and blared sirens at the top cop’s Manhattan home at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to video posted to social media.
“This is a raid, Commissioner Shea,” the demonstrators yelled in one clip.
“If we don’t get no justice, then you don’t get no sleep,” they continued, citing the early morning clearing out of Occupy City Hall last week, when NYPD officers emptied out the remaining 60 or so protesters around 3:40 a.m. on Friday.
Seven people were taken into custody, with one facing a charge for throwing a brick at an officer.
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, left, speaks alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio during a news conference in New York in an undated photo. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
A 28-year-old college student told the New York Post the ordeal lasted about 15 to 20 minutes — but at first, he thought people were trying to clear out the building because of a fire.
“They had a loudspeaker [and] they said, ‘Wake up wake up,” said the student, who did not provide his name. “I thought there was a fire but they were just screaming for this building.”
The NYPD did not immediately return a request for comment.
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