A protester was seen on camera calling a cop ‘black Judas’ and saying he ‘should know better’ during a demonstration outside New York City Hall Tuesday night.
Footage on social media shows the protester, who moments earlier was dancing provocatively in front of a line of cops, screaming ‘traitor’ at the officer outside One Police Plaza.
The altercation came hours before the City Council voted to scrap $1billion from the NYPD’s budget, after weeks of protests calling for the force to be defunded in the wake of the Memorial Day death of black man George Floyd.
Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced this week that Black Lives Matter will be painted outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in the city.
A protester called a cop ‘black Judas’ and said he ‘should know better’ during a demonstration outside New York City Hall Tuesday night
Footage on social media shows the protester screaming ‘traitor’ and ‘black Judas’ at the officer outside One Police Plaza
In the video, a woman wearing a face mask begins ridiculing the officers calling them ‘f**king idiots’ and saying they ‘go to clown college’.
‘I can’t believe you all are getting paid to sit there like f**king idiots,’ she says.
‘You guys go to clown college for like 26 weeks.’
The dancing protester then joins in slamming cops saying they don’t ‘even have a college education’.
‘Your hairdresser has to go to school for longer than you do,’ they shouted.
‘Half of you don’t even have a college education – to be out here making demands about the people when you can’t even read a f**king history book.’
The protester then singled out a black cop stood at the front of the police line, comparing him to Judas Iscariot – Jesus Christ’s disciple who betrayed him.
In the video, a woman wearing a face mask (left) begins ridiculing the officers calling them ‘f**king idiots’ and saying they ‘go to clown college’ before the other protester joins in
‘Your hairdresser has to go to school for longer than you do,’ the protester shouted before singling out the black cop
Moments earlier the protester was seen dancing provocatively in front of a line of cops
‘You should f**king know better. You should know better,’ the protester shouted at the cop.
‘Traitor! Traitor to your f**king people! You’re like the f**king black Judas.’
Late Tuesday, the City Council voted in favor of slashing the NYPD budget but protesters gathered for another night Wednesday demanding the cuts should go further and the force be defunded entirely.
Demonstrators gathered in the park and street outside City Hall in Lower Manhattan as night fell.
The zone, dubbed ‘Abolition Park’ by it occupiers, now includes food, medical and information stations for protesters wanting to camp out in the area.
Late Tuesday, the City Council voted in favor of slashing the NYPD budget but protesters gathered for another night Wednesday (pictured) demanding the cuts should go further and defund the force entirely
Demonstrators gathered in the park and street outside City Hall in Lower Manhattan as night fell
The Black Lives Matter fist symbol is projected onto the walls of the city as protesters gathered another night
The zone, dubbed ‘Abolition Park’ by it occupiers, now includes food, medical and information stations for protesters wanting to camp out in the area
Protesters hold up a BLM sign and raise their fists as they demand further cuts are made to the NYPD
Protesters had toasted their victory with prosecco on Wednesday after the NYPD took a $1billion hit to its budget and failed to disperse crowds in the ‘Occupy City Hall’ campsite.
Bottles of $8.99 prosecco were passed through the crowd at around lunch time to celebrate Tuesday’s city council vote which removes funding from the NYPD’s recruiting and overtime budgets.
One person was not welcome at the party – the famous pro-Trump Naked Cowboy who ordinarily entertains tourists in Times Square.
He was thrown out of the campsite by the protesters after arriving in underwear and holding a guitar that was covered in Trump stickers.
The protesters are still not satisfied though. They want the department to be defunded even more or entirely abolished.
Between 5.30am and 7.30am, officers cleared barricades surrounding the park and tried to push back protesters who spilled over from the park and onto the street.
The protesters had set up barricades on Chambers Street and Center Street to try to expand their ‘cop free’ zone but police removed them not long after the sun came up to allow traffic to pass through the area again.
Three people were arrested before the situation calmed down again. The park continues to be occupied with protesters in tents and there are dozens of cops in riot gear surrounding it. It is unclear how long the protesters will be allowed to stay there.
An NYPD spokesman told DailyMail.com on Thursday that the protesters are allowed to remain in the park at present but that the situation was being constantly evaluated.
The protesters are outraged that the NYPD has only been stripped of $1billion and not more, saying it needs to be entirely defunded or more heavily penalized.
Protesters toasted with prosecco and champagne on Wednesday morning after the NYPD had $1billion stripped from their budget
A protester opens a bottle of prosecco with his teeth. Bottles of sparkling wine were passed through the crowds
The protesters toasted their victory but still won’t leave the park. They say they want more money to be taken from the police department
Protesters painted the word Pigs onto their umbrellas in an insult to the cops at the scene
Robert Burck,aka the Naked Cowboy, plays his guitar and thanks a police officer for his service at the City Hall protest on Wednesday morning to the outrage of the Black Lives Matter crowds
Burck was forced out of the encampment by angry protesters who took offense to him
Burck, holding a guitar covered in Trump stickers, was shown out by huddles of angry protesters
Burck was forced out by multiple Black Lives Matter protesters on Wednesday afternoon
The cut, which comes amid a $9billion shortfall in city revenues due to coronavirus lockdown, will cancel the recruitment of 1,163 new officers, strip $484million from the overtime budget and transfer $354million to other services – including handing control of school safety officers from the NYPD to the Department of Education.
Democrats and protesters are unsatisfied with the cut and say more needs to be done. Police union chiefs, however, are warning that it could have a dangerous effect on officers’ ability to keep the city safe.
Trump waded into the row on Wednesday morning, tweeting: ‘NYC is cutting Police $ by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue.
‘This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the horrible BLM chant, “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”.
‘Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street.
‘Spend this money fighting crime instead!’
Combined with de Blasio’s lenient bail reform that puts more criminals on the street than before, and a court system that has been back-logged for months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they say crime is inevitably on the rise and that slashing the budget is not necessarily the right move.
There are also ongoing complaints that the NYPD is not cracking down on low-level crime like people breaching social distancing rules while dining outdoors, drinking in the street or being generally anti-social.
NYPD cops face off against protesters on Chambers Street outside City Hall on Wednesday morning. The protesters have occupied the park next to City Hall for more than a week now and are demanding that the NYPD have more of its $6billion budget cut. $1bn has been taken off already but they say it’s not enough
Hundreds of protesters have occupied the park and are refusing to disperse. On Wednesday morning, they huddled beneath umbrellas and chanted ‘hold your ground’ as the cops tried to move them back into the park
The cops removed the barricades the protesters had set up to push them back into the park and off of the street
Some of the cops used batons to try to push crowds back. They responded by hitting the officers with their umbrellas
The protesters linked arms to stand their ground. They were eventually slowly pushed off of the street
Three people were arrested on Wednesday morning. It’s unclear why, but cops were seen trying to drag this man from the crowd. He was protected by the other protesters who held on to him
Another of the men who were arrested on Wednesday morning at the City Hall protest camp
It is unclear why the man was arrested or whether or not he was injured
NYPD cops dismantle barricades surrounding the Occupy City Hall protest camp on Wednesday morning
The cops pushed some of the protesters back violently as they tried to clear the street for traffic
DE BLASIO: BLACK LIVES MATTER WILL BE PAINTED OUTSIDE TRUMP TOWER THIS WEEK
De Blasio said on Wednesday that Black Lives Matter will be painted on Fifth Avenue, outside Trump Tower, this week.
In an interview with MSNBC, he said: ‘That is going to be in a matter of days.
‘Whenever he comes back to his old state he’ll get a message that he still doesn’t understand.
‘Maybe seeing it outside his doorstep will help him get the point.’
Stores along Fifth Avenue, like Valentino, have tried already to get out out of their leases because they say the appeal of New York City has been lost due to COVID-19.
Other cities have already painted enormous Black Lives Matter logos along their streets.
Across NYC residents have been terrorized for nights on end by illegal fireworks being set off through the night, seemingly with little intervention from the cops.
The city’s income took a $9billion hit when businesses shuttered at the start of the pandemic and now many remain closed.
Traffic levels in the city aren’t predicted to return to their 2019 normal until November.
Restaurant and retail traffic in New York City is currently 43.6 percent of the 2019 normal, whereas national traffic is at 53.2 percent of normal. Foot traffic from late-May to late-June in New York City increased roughly 18.3 percent, compared to the national increase of 27.7 percent, according to Zenreach data.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Tuesday that he understood every department must face cuts but that the decision had also been heavily influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement and that it was ‘punitive’.
He insisted that his officers ‘are not going to allow mob rule to take over this city’.
‘We’re all going to have to make cuts, we understand that, when you look at the fiscal crisis with COVID.
‘What concerns me is cuts that have to be made because of tough fiscal decisions vs cuts that could appear to be punitive.
‘We’ll review all the numbers… it’s concern. It’s going to impact our ability, I believe, to keep New Yorkers safe in some way, shape or form.
‘But we’re also managers and it’s my job to make the most of the resources that we do have.
‘I don’t think anyone listening thinks that this is the climate right now doesn’t have an impact on what’s going on with the budget.
‘I think that’s self-evident.
‘It’s my job to make sure it doesn’t but we have to also take a look at what’s going on, cutting head count at a time of rising crime is going to be an extreme challenge for the men and women of this department,’ he said.
Commissioner Shea went on to say that slashing the budget would harm communities of color the most because that is where there is most violence.
Earlier in the morning, protesters stood atop a barricade with ‘abolish police’ signs taped to it
The protesters had set up barricades on Center Street to try to expand their autonomous zone
The front of the Surrogate Courts building has now been defaced with graffiti
Protesters set up a barricade at the cross section of Chambers and Center street to try to keep police out
The officers removed the barricades first thing on Wednesday morning to allow traffic to pass through again
An NYPD officer holds her shield up in a line of other cops in riot gear for another day of crowd control at City Hall
The protesters linked arms to defend themselves from the police. Many wore shields or masks to protect themselves and others from coronavirus
A protester with a megaphone on Wednesday morning spoke calmly to the cops and asked them if they’d eaten breakfast
A different protester lay face down in the street. It’s unclear if they were one of the three people later arrested
The protester was distraught as they got off the ground and screamed while the officers stood behind them
Protesters link arms at the City Hall park protest on Wednesday morning
Protesters hold a Black Lives Matter sign on Wednesday morning
Unrest continues: Protesters chanted slogans during a protest to defund the NYPD in a place they are calling the ‘City Hall Autonomous Zone’, ahead of Tuesday’s vote
The vote comes following weeks of protests and fraught negotiations with Mayor Bill de Blasio as New York City grapples with a $9billion revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic
Protesters locked arms outside City Hall on Tuesday as lawmakers debated the city budget on policing amid mounting pressure from its residents
A protester climbs a statue outside Surrogate’s Court near an encampment outside City Hall on Tuesday
Demonstrators block traffic near an area being called the ‘City Hall Autonomous Zone’ that has been established to protest the New York Police Department and in support of ‘Black Lives Matter’
New York Police Department officers stand guard in riot gear on the grounds of City Hall as demonstrations continue in the ‘City Hall Autonomous Zone’ that has been established to protest their department
Protesters link arms outside New York’s City Hall as politicians take a last-minute vote on a budget which aims to strip $1billion from the NYPD
Police officers stand guard outside City Hall in New York as protesters pressure city leaders into defunding their department
An ambulance drives through demonstrators near of an area being called the ‘City Hall Autonomous Zone’
‘It’s going to impact our patrol strength, our training, and it’s probably going to impact people of color more than anyone else.
‘We know where the violence occurs in this city,’
‘My job is to make sure we are as efficient as possible, we’re doing everything can to keep New Yorkers safe… we’re going to have to be creative,’ he said.
Over the last week, there has been a ‘significant uptick’ in crime across the city.
Shea said it was down to a combination of bail reform and a back-logged court system.
He questioned why the courts still weren’t operating because of COVID when thousands were being encouraged to protest peacefully against the police.
Chaos: Video footage shared on social media showed the moment a violent clash broke out between cops and protesters as officers attempted to control the crowds by pushing them towards the sidewalk with their batons
Violence breaks out: Some protesters were seen pushing back as cops shoved them with their nightsticks
One protester, who is out of frame, is heard firing back at the cops saying they are ‘not welcome here’ and urging them to leave
A demonstrator climbs a traffic lamp wearing a shirt that reads ‘defund the police’ ahead of a city hall vote that stripped $1billion in funding from the NYPD
Demonstrators stage a sit-in protest on the steps of city hall in New York as they campaign to defund the NYPD
Black Lives Matter protestors continue to congregate at City Hall as part of the ‘Defund NYPD’ and ‘Occupy City Hall’ movement in New York
Two protesters join hands and raise their fists in the air in a symbol of defiance and solidarity amid defund the police protests
Protesters gather outside the New York City Municipal Building near City Hall Park to protest policing
People take part in a protest to defund the police in a place they are calling the ‘City Hall Autonomous Zone’ in support of ‘Black Lives Matter’
Protesters have occupied City Hall Park day and night for at least a week calling for the city’s police budget to be slashed
Patrick J. Lynch, the president of the PBA, said: ‘Mayor de Basio’s message to New Yorkers today was clear: you will have fewer cops on your streets.
‘Shootings more than doubled again last week.
‘Even right now, the NYPD doesn’t have enough staffing to shift from one neighborhood without making another neighborhood less safe.
‘We will say it again: the Mayor and the City Council have surrendered the city to lawlessness. Things won’t improve until New Yorkers hold them responsible.’
De Blasio defended the budget and said it would be down to good leadership from police bosses to keep people safe.
He said his focus was on helping young people.
‘Our young people have experienced something we would never have wished on them. We need to uphold them and help them through this moment in history.
‘They’re going to inherit this city… our young people need to be reached. Not policed. We need to figure out how to nurture and support them,’ he said.
On Monday, the George Washington statute in Washington Square Park was defaced by vandals who threw red paint on it.
The NYPD is now hunting for the suspects who were seen throwing paint balloons at the monument then fleeing.
President Trump tweeted about the incident and demanded the pair turn themselves in.
‘We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape.
‘They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!’ Trump said.
The two suspects who threw paint on the Washington statue in Washington Square Park are now being hunted by police
The vandals were filmed with one other person who was wheeling a Citi Bike – which is digitally tracked – through the park at 3.20am on Monday
Defaced: A statue of George Washington is covered in red paint after being vandalized in Washington Square Park in the early hours of Monday. America’s first president owned more than 100 slaves, making him a target of recent anti-racism protests