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A Black Lives Matter march through Midtown Manhattan turned violent Friday night, with 11 protesters arrested, the New York Post reported.
The NYPD reported that two officers suffered minor injuries during the protest, which was attended by about 100 marchers; officials could not immediately say how the cops were hurt.
At least some of those arrested were accused of attacking New York Daily News photographer Sam Costanza at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 54th Street in the mistaken belief that he was a cop, sources said.
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The photog was surrounded and struck after one of the marchers recognized him from a BLM protest outside the NYPD’s 6th Precinct house in Greenwich Village last year, according to sources.
The agitated protester began yelling, “He’s a cop,” inciting many of his fellow marchers.
About a dozen people surrounded the photog, shoving him and beating him with their fists and other objects, sources told the newspaper.
Multiple BLM Protesters Arrested in Midtown NYC tonight following a "F**K 12" march. Member of the press also appear to have been arrested. 11 people were arrested and reports of two injured officers.— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) February 13, 2021
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Tonight's #F12 #DEFUNDPOLICE #BlackLivesMatter march has reached Times Square with around 100 demonstrators. Two small flags were just burned in a circle of pavement near the Times Square NYPD annex — one US flag, and one Blue Lives flag. pic.twitter.com/8x7Dx01U4r— NYC Protest Updates (@protest_nyc) February 13, 2021
Seemingly unrelated to previous arrest, protesters at 54th and 6th have been declared an unlawful assembly. At least one protester was arrested, kicked by several officers while in handcuffs. pic.twitter.com/hGLzhk6YeT— NYC Protest Updates (@protest_nyc) February 13, 2021