NYC protester is seen being dragged into an unmarked van by plain clothes officers during another round of clashes between cops and demonstrators
- Female protester was filmed being pushed into an unmarked police car during a protest on Tuesday
- Critics claimed the woman was ‘kidnapped’ and ‘abducted’ by the plainclothes NYPD officers
- Law enforcement officials say the woman was ‘a suspect in the destruction of police cameras during five separate criminal incidents’
A female protester has been dragged into an unmarked minivan by plainclothes police officers during another night of unrest in New York City.
Footage of the incident – which occurred Tuesday evening in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood – was recorded by a fellow activist and posted to Instagram, where it quickly went viral.
The video shows the woman being dragged by three cops towards an open door of a silver Kia as she tries to resist.
A crowd of loud protesters watch on shouting profanities at the officers, before one man attempts to intervene and help the woman break free.
Get back! Get back!’ one of the cops shouts at the crowd of agitators as the woman falls to the ground.
She is then pulled up from the pavement and forced into the vehicle before it drives away.
A female protester was dragged into an unmarked minivan by plainclothes police officers during another night of unrest in New York City. A mob of activists surrounded the vehicle during the incident on Tuesday evening
Several NYPD officer on bicycles were seen surrounding the car in order to keep the mob of activists away.
Footage from a different angle was also shared on Twitter by another protester who wrote: ‘An unmarked van just snatched up a protester on 25th & 2nd and NYPD started attacking us!!!!’
Dozens of social media users responded to the clip, claiming it appeared the female protester had been ‘abducted’ and ‘kidnapped’.
However, a law enforcement source told The New York Post late Tuesday that ‘a suspect in the destruction of police cameras during five separate criminal incidents’.
Several NYPD officer on bicycles were seen surrounding the car in order to keep the mob of activists away
For the past two months, protesters have been marching daily in New York City calling for an end to systemic racism and the defunding of the NYPD.
Large-scale demonstrations resulted in the nation’s largest police department being stripped of $1 billion in funding.
At times, the protests have turned destructive, with activists physically clashing with cops and setting fire to their squad cars.