Leyva estimated that as much as 300 protesters had gathered in Instances Sq. from midday Saturday and mentioned they have been outnumbered by police 3-to-1. Arrests have been made in Instances Sq. and later exterior the NYPD constructing at 1 Police Plaza, she mentioned.
NYPD Detective Denise Moroney mentioned fees ensuing from the Instances Sq. protest included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Eighty-five folks obtained summonses and one particular person obtained a desk look ticket.
Roughly 20 folks have been launched with a court docket summons, Moroney mentioned.
Leyva mentioned police had blocked off site visitors earlier than the rally started however as quickly as protesters tried to get onto the road, officers “descended from all sides” and “began ripping folks off of the sidewalk.”
Leyva mentioned police have been taking part in a really loud recording that was warning disorderly conduct and resisting arrest fees, together with “a high-pitched siren” to disperse the crowds. She mentioned batons have been additionally used.
Leyva herself was not arrested. After the primary altercation with the officers, Leyva made her solution to 1 Police Plaza to help these detained and described “fairly brutal arrests.”
“At jail help there was a younger woman who was really standing subsequent to me after they attacked us, they usually lifted her up by her hair after which slammed her on the sidewalk and dog-piled on prime of her. I feel she’s OK, she was launched,” Leyva mentioned.
Leyva alleged that police violence at New York protests had been escalating.
“The jail help violence is de facto regarding as a result of jail help is just not a protest,” she mentioned. “There have been most likely 30 of us there sitting on a public sidewalk. So them getting violent and arresting folks at jail help is an actual try to undermine the motion.”
Video supplied by Leyva however not verified by CNN exhibits protesters seated in Instances Sq. as police attempt to safe their arms behind them, some being led away. A loudspeaker announcement says: “You might be unlawfully within the roadway and obstructing vehicular site visitors. You might be ordered to go away the roadway and make the most of the out there sidewalk.”
CNN’s Laura Ly contributed to this report.