What to Know
- Multiple videos captured the moment police officers drove two SUVs into a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn on Saturday
- NY Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have called for quick, independent reviews of violence seen in protests over the weekend
- More protestors are marching through NYC streets Sunday, marking the fourth day of demonstrations against police brutality
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has guaranteed an independent investigation into violent clashes between police and protesters, including the moment caught on video when NYPD officers in two police SUVs drove into a group of protesters in Brooklyn.
Multiple videos, including one shared with NBC New York, appeared to show two police vehicles hit a group of protesters in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The video shows people place a metal barrier in front of a parked police vehicle near Flatbush Avenue and St. Marks Avenue around 8 p.m. Saturday.
After a second NYPD vehicle pulls up and protesters are seen banging on the car, it accelerates, pushing people in the crowd. The first police vehicle then also accelerates into the crowd, knocking several people to the ground. It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries.
Law enforcement officials say the vehicle was hit with rocks, bottles, and lit debris prompting the officers to push through the barrier instead of confronting the protesters outside.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the police’s actions during a press conference on Sunday, arguing that the protesters should not have surrounded a police vehicle.
“Imagine what it would be like — you’re just trying to do your job and then you see hundreds of people converging on you. I’m not going to blame officers who were trying to deal with an absolutely impossible situation,” de Blasio said. “The folks who were converging did the wrong thing to begin with. And they created an untenable situation. I wish the officers had found a…