AN NYPD officer shoved a female protester so hard onto the ground that she had a seizure and ended up in hospital, in just one of the many violent incidents that took place on Friday night.
One New York councilman called for the officer who pushed Dounya Zayer, a young woman of color, to be charged with assault.
Zayer was marching in one of the justice for George Floyd protests in Brooklyn, New York, when the incident happened.
The officer called Zayer a "f***ing b***h" as he pushed her, according to one reporter, although this can't be heard in the videos posted online.
The cop's actions resulted in Zayer falling to the ground, and having a seizure.
"In no way was I aggressive towards this police officer and in no way did I get in his physical space," Zayer said in a video she posted to social media from hospital.
"He was walking in my direction and told me to move. And because I did not move out of his way in time he threw me out of the way."
In another video, which Zayer filmed herself whilst walking backwards, the officer can be seen asking her to "get out of the street".
He then appears to knock her phone out of her hand.
"The guy pushed my phone," she explained in another video. "I asked him why because we were peacefully protesting. There was no reason for him to throw me the way he did."
Corey Johnson, speaker of the New York City Council, said the officer "needs to be charged with assault."
"Hard to watch," Johnson commented on the video. "Brutal and unacceptable."
Later on Friday evening, the New York Police Department said the officer is under investigation, NBC New York reported.
Zayer told NBC News she was released from the hospital early Saturday with a concussion.
The NYPD confirmed at least 200 arrests were made including two women detained after one threw a Molotov cocktail at a police van, according to NBC.
Commissioner Dermot Shea said the woman who threw the Molotov cocktail is facing attempted murder charges.
"It's tough to practice de-escalation when you have a brick being thrown at your head," Shea said.
He added a number of officers had teeth knocked out Friday night and others were in the emergency room as of Saturday morning. He described the protest at Foley Square as peaceful while the protest at Barclays Center was "a well planned, orchestrated protest" designed "specifically to cause mayhem."
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an independent review of Friday's violent protest, with details to come come out later on Saturday.
"Last night there were protest[s], and they brought up a lot of issues we need to address. It is the NYPD obligation to find the best possible way to keep peace, to protect everyone," de Blasio said.
“Any protester that tries to take the humanity away from a police officer and devalue them just because they are a public servant is no better than the racists who devalue people of color and particularly black men in America," the mayor added.
Governor Andrew Cuomo added he had requested that Attorney General Letitia James "review all actions and procedures that were used last night" in a short period and report to the public.
Council Speaker Johnson described the night as a "failure of [NYPD] leadership".
In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz blamed "international destabilization" and "domestic terror" for the increasingly violent George Floyd protests.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Walz also announced he is fully mobilizing the National Guard for the first time in the state's history.
"Last night is a mockery of pretending this is about George Floyd's death, or inequities, or historical trauma to our communities of color," Walz said.
"Let's be very clear: The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd," he added.
"It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities."
The governor added that protestors intent was just to "destabilize civil society."
He added that the protests "resembles more a military operation" as "ringleaders" move "place-to-place."
Walz said that the state will start releasing data on where the protestors are from.
The governor added that they will figure how protestors are organizing, like if they are using the "dark web."
He said his "best estimate" is that 80 percent are from outside the state – and only 20 percent of demonstrators are from Minnesota.
Every person that was arrested last night in St. Paul was from out of state, Mayor Melvin Carter said, as reported by MSNBC.
Walz said last night he believes "white supremacists" and "cartels" were mixing in with crowds of demonstrators.
Protests across the US have grown increasingly violent in recent days as:
- A preliminary autopsy report revealed that the brutal restraint during his arrest and "underlying health conditions" contributed to Mr Floyd's death
- Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder
- Derek Chauvin's wife, Kelly filed for divorce and said her "sympathy lies" with George's grieving family
- Floyd's grieving girlfriend pleaded for people to demonstrate peacefully because violent riots "would devastate him"
- President Donald Trump praised Secret Service for coming down "hard" on "frisky or out of line" protesters
- Former President Barack Obama said Floyd's death "can't be normal in 2020 America" and said Americans "must be better"
Public outrage was sparked after video emerged of white Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeling for several minutes on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man.
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