Moment NYPD cop yanks down Floyd protester’s mask to pepper spray him

Shocking moment an NYPD cop yanks down a George Floyd protester’s coronavirus mask to pepper spray him as police vehicles plow down streets crowded with demonstrators

  • New video footage shows the moment an NYPD police officer yanks down a George Floyd protester’s coronavirus mask to pepper spray the man Saturday
  • Violent protests were erupting in the city over Floyd’s police-related death when the protester in the video is sprayed while holding his hands up 
  • In another shocking video posted online, three police vehicles are seen speeding through a Brooklyn intersection crowded with demonstrators
  • Some of the people seen in the second video are seen throwing trash cans at the vehicles racing through the intersection of Prospect Ave. and Flatbush Ave
  • One of the vehicles also is seen being pushed to the side of the road when blocked by demonstrators using a barricade to block its way
  • ‘The video was upsetting and I wish the officers hadn’t done that, but I also understood that they didn’t start the situation,’ NYC Mayor de Blasio said
  • NYPD arrested 345 protesters Saturday. NYPD said 33 cops were hurt and 47 police vehicles were damaged
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

New videos posted on social media show the moments an NYPD officer appears to yank down a George Floyd protestor’s coronavirus mask to pepper spray the man during violent protests over the police-related fatal shooting, as police vehicles raced through a Brooklyn intersection crowded with demonstrators. 

The unnamed protestor in one video, which was posted by Anju J. Rupchandani on Twitter saying he was a ‘family member’, was holding his hands up and lowers them when his mask is pulled down by an officer for unknown reasons.

That’s when the man is pepper sprayed in the footage and walks away clearly affected.

‘I am heartbroken and disgusted to see one of my family members a young black man w/his hands up peacefully protesting and an NYPD officer pulls down his mask and pepper sprays him,’ wrote Rupchandani under the handle @AJRupchandani. 

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New video footage shows the moment an NYPD police officer appears to yank down a George Floyd protestor's coronavirus mask to pepper spray the man during violent protests over the police-related fatal shooting Saturday

New video footage shows the moment an NYPD police officer appears to yank down a George Floyd protestor’s coronavirus mask to pepper spray the man during violent protests over the police-related fatal shooting Saturday

One of the videos posted on social media after violence erupted in New York over the police-related fatal shooting of George Floyd show the moment an NYPD officer appears to yank down a George Floyd protestor's coronavirus mask to pepper spray the man (pictured)

One of the videos posted on social media after violence erupted in New York over the police-related fatal shooting of George Floyd show the moment an NYPD officer appears to yank down a George Floyd protestor’s coronavirus mask to pepper spray the man (pictured)

An unnamed protestor is pictured in one video raising his hands before he is pepper sprayed

An unnamed protestor is pictured in one video raising his hands before he is pepper sprayed

An officer is later seen in the video pulling the man's mask down for unknown reasons

An officer is later seen in the video pulling the man’s mask down for unknown reasons 

That's when for the man is pepper sprayed by the officer (pictured)

That’s when for the man is pepper sprayed by the officer (pictured)

A person's hand is seen in the footage blocking a clear view of cops after the incident

A person’s hand is seen in the footage blocking a clear view of cops after the incident

The man who was pepper sprayed is seen walking off, clearly affected by the blast

The man who was pepper sprayed is seen walking off, clearly affected by the blast

In another shocking video posted online, three police vehicles are seen speeding through the intersection of Prospect and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn, reports the Daily News.

Some of the people in the video, posted by Ella Ryan on Twitter, are seen throwing trash cans at the vehicles as they fly through the intersection crowded with demonstrators. 

Two of the vehicles are pelted with trash cans and one is pushed to the side as by when demonstrators used a barricade to block its way.  

‘They just want to kill someone,’ a woman’s voice is heard in the footage posted by Ryan, who describes herself as a mother of two and a climate change organizer.

‘My hands are shaking and I am sick to my stomach. I thought someone was going to die,’ she wrote in the tweet. 

An NYPD spokesperson referred all media questions to remarks by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s made late Saturday evening.

In another shocking video posted online, three police vehicles are seen speeding through the intersection of Prospect and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn. The first vehicle is pictured as it raced through the crowded intersection

In another shocking video posted online, three police vehicles are seen speeding through the intersection of Prospect and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn. The first vehicle is pictured as it raced through the crowded intersection

Protestors with a barricade move in on a second cop vehicle as it comes down the street

Protestors with a barricade move in on a second cop vehicle as it comes down the street

The second police vehicle is seen stopping short and snaking its way through the crowd

The second police vehicle is seen stopping short and snaking its way through the crowd

The protestors are seen throwing thrash cans and attempting to stop a third cop vehicle

The protestors are seen throwing thrash cans and attempting to stop a third cop vehicle

The third vehicle is pictured with protestors trailing behind, pelting it with garbage cans

The third vehicle is pictured with protestors trailing behind, pelting it with garbage cans

The third vehicle is seen managing to get through the street leaving the protestors behind

The third vehicle is seen managing to get through the street leaving the protestors behind

De Blasio during a press conference blamed the violence in his city on a ‘small group of outsiders’ who sparked the fiery protests, reports the News.

‘Those who are engaged in violent activity will be arrested,’ de Blasio warned.

Police arrested 345 protesters on Saturday.  

De Blasio said that another incident involving police vehicles and protesters was under investigation. 

The incident, also caught on video posted online, showed two NYPD cruisers driving into protesters in Brooklyn who were pushing against a barricade against a police car and pelting it with objects.  

The first patrol car initially remained stationary in the middle of the road before demonstrators approached.

A second NYPD cruiser then pulled alongside the first but appeared to be in a rush to push through the crowds. Those gathered swarmed the second patrol car which then, without warning, suddenly began to accelerate.

It saw at least three people pushed to the side and almost run over and the police car drove on down the street. 

From the footage posted online it does not appear that any of the protesters were knocked down, however there were plenty of screams as the car raced by. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that another incident involving police vehicles and protestors (pictured) was under investigation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that another incident involving police vehicles and protestors (pictured) was under investigation.

'It's inappropriate for protesters to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers. That's wrong on its face,' NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said

‘It’s inappropriate for protesters to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers. That’s wrong on its face,’ NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said

‘It’s inappropriate for protesters to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers. That’s wrong on its face,’ de Blasio said.

‘A different element has come into play here. Trying to hurt police officers and trying to damage their vehicles — if a police officer is in that situation they have to get out of that situation.’

The NYPD told Fox News that 33 officers were hurt and 43 police cars were damaged.

‘The video was upsetting and I wish the officers hadn’t done that, but I also understood that they didn’t start the situation,’ de Blasio added. ‘The situation was started by a group of protesters converging on a police vehicle, attacking that vehicle. It’s unacceptable.’

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Sunday in a statement to officers working in what he called an ‘unprecedented’ situation: ‘I’m extremely proud of the way you’ve comported yourselves in the face of such persistent danger.’ 

But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tweeted that ‘these officers need to be brought to justice, not dismissed w/’internal reviews’.

‘NYPD officers just drove an SUV into a crowd of human beings. They could‘ve killed them, &we don’t know how many they injured. NO ONE gets to slam an SUV through a crowd of human beings.’ 

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