Brooklyn businesses, cop cars vandalized; fires set over Philly OIS

NYPD officers made about 30 arrests Tuesday night

By John Annese
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — A throng of protesters in Brooklyn smashed windows, vandalized NYPD cars, set fires, and in one tense confrontation, drove a car through a line of officers on bicycles as cops tried to surround them Tuesday night.

What started as a protest against the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man armed with a knife who was shot by Philadelphia police on Monday, quickly turned chaotic, with several people dressed in all in black lighting trash fires on the street and breaking business windows.

Police hung back as the group of about 200 people marched through Boerum Hill, before surrounding them on Atlantic Ave. near Boerum Place and making about 30 arrests. at about 10 p.m.

“Burn the precinct to the ground! Every city, every town!” several protesters shouted as they marched.

In one scene caught on multiple videos, a group of officers surrounded a dark-colored sedan, trying to stop it. The car’s driver kept going, as at least one cop tried to break in its widow with a baton. It then plowed through a line of bicycle cops and drove off.

It wasn’t clear if police caught up with the vehicle later Tuesday night.

The group set several trash fires along Court St. from Atlantic Ave. to Montague St., smashed the windows of a Bank of America and a Starbucks on Court St. and spray-painted the Christopher Columbus statue outside Brooklyn Supreme Court. They also smashed the windshield of a green taxi, and sprayed graffiti on a police van, several bus shelters and a Chase Bank.

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