At least two New York police officers were injured after being assaulted at a Brooklyn protest against police violence on Tuesday night, CBS New York reports.
A police sergeant was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, sustaining injuries to his face and arm trying to control the angry crowds of protesters.
CBS reported that demonstrators against police-related deaths and violence started in Union Square and marched down Broadway, blocking traffic for those trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
Police promptly responded to the mobs grandstanding in the middle of city streets.
“Pushing and shoving from both protesters and officers led to several arrests. Two officers were allegedly attacked,” according to CBS.
“Reports this evening that two of our NYPD officers were assaulted by protesters reminds us that here in New York City, violence or threats of violence against the police are unacceptable and will absolutely not be tolerated. These attacks will be thoroughly investigated, and we will urge the full prosecution of the perpetrators,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
Twenty-two of the protesters were arrested on various charges, from obstructing roadways to throwing items from the Brooklyn Bridge.