New York, NY – Surveillance video from outside City Hall appeared to show anti-police protesters getting a trunk full of baseball bats delivered to them on Wednesday morning shortly before they headed onto the Brooklyn Bridge to disrupt a unity rally in support of the police (video below).
The video showed a man with a four-door sedan parked next to the “Defund the Police” protest area in front of City Hall.
A man popped the trunk open on the sedan while two protesters waited for him on the other side of a barricade fence.
Then the video showed one of the men climbed over the fence and stood beside the trunk while the first man loaded his arms with supplies from the trunk.
The men handed something over the barricade to the third man who ran off screen to deliver it to somebody and then returned, the video showed.
When the first man walked away with his arms full, the video showed the man who opened the trunk started pulling baseball bats out of it and leaning them against the fence inside the protest area.
That’s when the first man who left with supplies returned to the car, the video showed.
The man at the trunk handed the man inside the protest area at least four baseball bats and the man sprinted off, ostensibly to distribute them to other protesters.
Police sources told the New York Post the bats were delivered to the protesters for the purposes of disrupting a peaceful “unity” march over the Brooklyn Bridge on July 15.
When the “Defund the Police” protesters crossed paths with the pro-police “Stop the Violence” demonstration, at least four police officers – including a high-ranking official – were attacked.
NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan, a sergeant, and a lieutenant from his office were marching with the pro-police clergy group, according to WABC.
When protesters jumped into traffic lanes, Chief Monahan and the others moved to take him into custody.
Video from surveillance cameras mounted on the Manhattan side of the bridge showed that numerous protesters tried to intervene and prevent officers from making an arrest.
One protester with a pipe or large stick reached over the fence and whacked one of the white-shirted officials on the shoulder and head, the video showed.
The video showed the sergeant unholstered his Taser and pointed it at the growing crowd on the walkway above them just as the other two officials pulled the resisting suspect free from the fence and walked him to a waiting police car.
An NYPD spokesman said that Chief Monahan’s finger was broken when he was struck with an object during the incident, the New York Post reported.
The two officers who were with him during the altercation with the violent protesters were seriously hurt.
The sergeant and lieutenant were transported to the hospital in need of stitches, WABC reported.
A fourth officer was also hurt in an unrelated altercation during the protest.
NYPD posted pictures to its official Twitter account that showed multiple police officials bleeding from the head after attacks by violent protesters, WABC reported.
These are the injuries our officers sustained. pic.twitter.com/KI9wQKywHH
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 15, 2020
Police made 36 arrests during the July 15 protest, all of whom appeared to be part of the “Occupy City Hall” group.
None of the people arrested were part of the “Stop the Violence” rally calling for an end to gun violence, WABC reported.
Those marchers were angry and frustrated about the attack on police during their own demonstration.
“We support the police and we need their help because this city is becoming a war zone,” police supporter Tamara Lashchyk told WABC.
“We’re fighting for unity. It just seems that there’s so much violence,” Bill Casey, from the NYPD Retired Sergeant Association, said. “And the cops are being portrayed as villains instead of what they really are, which is heroes.”
Watch the bats get delivered to the protest area in the video below: