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BLM protest turns violent in Manhattan as cops clash with activists leading to 11 arrests

Violence erupts in Manhattan as BLM clashes with the NYPD: Eleven are arrested and gang of 15 protesters beat up photographer during march in Times Square

  • ‘F**k 12’ anti-police protest took place in Midtown Manhattan on Friday night
  • Peaceful demonstration turned violent after cops allegedly arrested one protester on Sixth Avenue 
  • Officials say 11 people were arrested overall and two police officers were left with injuries 
  • A photographer for the New York Daily News was reportedly left with a broken nose after being ‘jumped by 10 to 15 protesters’
  • The activists allegedly mistook the photojournalist for a police officer  

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At least 11 people have been arrested after a Black Lives Matter protest turned violent in Manhattan on Friday night. 

Around 100 people assembled in Times Square in the early evening for a ‘F**k 12’ anti-police march, according to local news outlets. 

Authorities reported that the initial demonstration was peaceful, with video shared to Twitter showing several activists burning a ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag as cops watched on passively.  

However, the situation soon escalated after a protester was reportedly arrested on nearby Sixth Avenue, appearing to anger other members of the crowd. 

At least 11 people have been arrested after a Black Lives Matter protest turned violent in Manhattan on Friday night. A protester is seen facing off with a line of NYPD officers

The NYPD were well prepared for the protest - which consisted of around 100 demonstrators

The NYPD were well prepared for the protest – which consisted of around 100 demonstrators 

One woman is seen being put into the back of a police van after being arrested during the fracas on Friday night

One woman is seen being put into the back of a police van after being arrested during the fracas on Friday night 

The New York Post reports that a violent altercation ensued leaving two officers injured. 

According to the publication, a photojournalist who works for The New York Daily News was also assaulted after being mistaken for a police officer.   

‘He’s a cop,’ one protester reportedly yelled, as several protesters surrounded the snapper.  

Sources say the photojournalist was shoved and beaten, before being left with a bloodied nose. 

The New York Daily News said their employee was ‘jumped by 10 or 15 protesters’ during the incident. 

Video being shared on social media shows the NYPD declaring an unlawful assembly, ordering protesters to disperse. 

Many are seen scuffling and screaming at officers. 

Photos later show several being placed in NYPD vans in handcuffs after they were arrested.  

An officer appears to have a stern word with a maskless demonstrator following the event

An officer appears to have a stern word with a maskless demonstrator following the event 

Dozens of cops clad in helmets and shields were on hand during the 'F**k 12' anti-police protest

Dozens of cops clad in helmets and shields were on hand during the ‘F**k 12’ anti-police protest

An officer is pictured during a tense exchange with a protester in Midtown Manhattan

An officer is pictured during a tense exchange with a protester in Midtown Manhattan 

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