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NYC Black Lives Matter Leader Arrested After Brawl With Police

Manhattan, NY – Black Lives Matter leader Walter “Hawk” Newsome was arrested on Sunday after he and other activists refused to stop blocking a street.

Newsome, 43, is one of the founders and the current president of the Black Lives Matter Greater New York chapter, the New York Post reported.

He and his fellow demonstrators were trying to block a caravan of President Donald Trump supporters from coming into Manhattan, according to the New York Daily News.

His group gathered at 10th Avenue and West 24th Street in Chelsea and started blocking the roadway just before 2 p.m.

Police responded to the area and told the demonstrators to get out of the road and to stay on the sidewalk, according to the New York Daily News.

Newsome and many of his followers refused.

“Get your f—king hands off me,” he yelled at police as he shoved into them at one point during the ensuing confrontation, police sources told the New York Post.

He and nine other rioters were ultimately arrested, the New York Daily News reported.

Newsome was given desk appearance tickets for two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of obstructing governmental administration, according to the New York Post.

Videos of the clashes between police and the Black Lives Matter and antifa groups circulated widely on social media on Sunday.

“I hope all of your children get raped and killed!” a rioter screamed at police in one video from the scene. “Y’all are a f—king disgrace to society!”

Another video showed a Black Lives Matter rioter as he walked up to a woman’s vehicle in the middle of the street and threatened to punch her window out.

Critics alleged that two of the individuals arrested were members of the press, but the New York Police Department disputed their claims.

“All arrested individuals from today’s protests have been verified to not be NYPD credentialed members of the press,” the department said, according to the New York Post.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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