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Mayor de Blasio slams protesters who attacked cops on Brooklyn Bridge: ‘Anyone who does that will suffer the consequences’

2020-07-17

Mayor de Blasio on Thursday condemned the protesters who clashed with police on the Brooklyn Bridge — leaving several cops including Chief of Department Terence Monahan injured — and blasted their behavior as “absolutely unacceptable.”

“I talked to Terry Monahan after I heard that he was there,” de Blasio said during his briefing with reporters. “Thank God he’s okay. There’s no situation where it’s acceptable to attack a police officer, period.”

Monahan called the protesters who attacked him and his officers “anarchists that infiltrated the Black Lives Matter movement since the beginning.”

“This is what we have dealt with since the first protest over George Floyd,” Monahan said in a Fox 5 New York interview Thursday. “The legitimate movement is being hijacked by these anarchists. They are the ones who have been attacking police officers, hiding behind the many many peaceful protesters that are out there.”

The chief’s comments came after police released new photos and a video of the man who walloped several NYPD cops with a cane during the melee between police and Occupy City Hall protesters that took place Wednesday.

Cops on Thursday took a woman into custody they believe participated in the bridge attack. Chanice Reyes, 24, of Morris Plains, N.J., is charges with two counts of assault on a police officer.

Marchers with the “Power of Prayer” rally were entering Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn when anti-police activists camped out in City Hall Park confronted the marchers on the bridge.

The scuffle left three cops bloodied and Monahan with a finger wound, weeks after he took a knee with Black Lives Matter protesters.

Videos from the scene show a man on the bridge in a purple shirt and beige pants smashing officers in the head with a cane as cops try to make an arrest. One of the officers was a sergeant who works in the Chief of Department’s office, Monahan said.

“I ended up getting bruised up,” Monahan said, describing his injuries. “I got some bruises on body and hand. This was a violent incident.”

The cane-wielding protester was pushed away by another civilian as Occupy City Hall demonstrators began kicking and punching the cops before a group of bike-riding Strategic Response Group officers came to their aid, police said.

During the clash, a lieutenant was knocked to the ground and assaulted during the fray — suffering a fractured eye socket in the attack, cops said.

The sergeant and a third officer both needed staples to close their wounds following the fracas, with the NYPD tweeting out photos of the injured cops. Monahan sustained a minor injury to a finger and was checked out at an area hospital.

“Anyone who does that will suffer the consequences,” de Blasio said about the brawling protesters. “We’ve said this now for months. Peaceful protest is honored in New York City. It always has been. There’s no acceptable violent protest.

“Any violent protest will be stopped and there will be consequences for anyone involved,” he said.

The cane-wielding suspect was recorded jumping a fence along the Brooklyn Bridge’s pedestrian walkway and running across three lanes of traffic as he exited the bridge into Lower Manhattan.

Protesters claim the fighting broke out when cops tried to stop them from walking across the span.

Police took 33 people into custody during the bridge protest, charging at least two people, Shaborn Banks and Quran Campbell, both 25 years old and from the Bronx, with assaulting police officers.

An additional three protesters got desk appearance tickets and 26 received summonses for disorderly conduct and other minor crimes, officials said.

Another protester was arrested for smashing a store window on Broadway, cops said.