Teen Black Lives Matter protester was released after being towed into an unmarked van by NYPD agents
A female protester who was dragged into an unmarked minivan during an unrest in New York City by plainclothes police officers has now been released.
Nikki Stone, an 18-year-old trans woman, was charged with a number of allegations related to a series of alleged cases of vandalism before being released from 1st Precinct station house.
Stone was greeted by cheers from a group of about a dozen Black Lives Matter protesters upon her release on Wednesday at 1 a.m., including New York chapter leader Hawk Newsome.
Images of the incident – in which Stone was bundled into a Manhattan car in the Kips Bay neighborhood by the ‘Warrant Squad’ on Tuesday night – were captured by a fellow activist and posted to Instagram, where it quickly went viral.
She said that although she had some abrasions on her knees from the arrest, she was otherwise fine, according to ABC7NY.
Stone was in custody for about five hours before being released on an office-appearance ticket.
Nikki Stone, pictured, was seen in an unmarked car bundled up by a group of regular NYPD police officers. She has now been released, but has been charged with a number of allegations of vandalism and crime
Stone has been charged with criminal mischief for allegedly writing on the cameras in City Hall Park, according to the New York Post, which adds that she has also been hit with various graffiti counts and criminal mischief.
Other charges related to four separate incidents between June 19 and July 6, including allegedly scribbling at The Occulus (at the World Trade Center in New York) and an F train on 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue.
The video, made at around 6 p.m., shows how the teenager is drawn by three officers to an open door of a silver Kia as she tries to resist.
A crowd of loud protesters can watch and yell swear words at the officers before a man tries to intervene and help the teenager escape.
Come back! Come back!’ one of the agents shouts at the crowd of agitators as Stone falls to the floor.
She is then pulled off the curb and pushed into the vehicle before driving off.
During a night of turmoil in New York City, a female protester was dragged into an unmarked minivan by plainclothes police officers. A mob of activists surrounded the vehicle on Tuesday evening during the incident
Several NYPD officers on bicycles quickly rode onto the scene to provide additional protection for the plainclothes police.
The bicycle police were seen around the car to keep the crowd of activists away.
Images from a different angle were also shared to Twitter by another demonstrator who wrote: ‘NYC takes after Portland – a trans-femme demonstrator was pulled into an unmarked van at the Abolition Park protest – this was on 2nd Ave and 25th Street “.
A third activist also shared footage and wrote, “An unmarked van just caught a demonstrator at 25 and 2 and NYPD started attacking us !!!!”
Other activists took to Twitter to share footage of the agents taking the suspect away
Dozens of social media users commented on the clip, claiming that the female protester had been ‘kidnapped’ and ‘kidnapped’.
However, a law enforcement source said The New York Post late on Tuesday that she is “suspected of the destruction of police cameras during five separate criminal incidents”.
The NYPD also wrote on Twitter that the officers were hit with rocks and water bottles while trying to detain the suspect.
Police said this was standard procedure for the ‘Warrant Squad’, but the squad usually goes after more dangerous people.
Several NYPD officers on bicycles were seen around the car to keep the crowd 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 lifting of the NYPD.
Large-scale demonstrations deprived the country’s largest police force of $ 1 billion in funding last month.
Sometimes the protests have become destructive, with activists physically clashing with the police and setting fire to their police cars.
The New York City Police Benevolent Society also took to Twitter Tuesday night and fired activists for attempting physical confrontations with officers attempting to arrest the female protester.
“Another night, another riot. More “peaceful” protesters attacking the police, throwing stones and bottles. More politicians who raise hatred for the police for daring to arrest a wanted criminal. They have surrendered our streets, ‘wrote the Association.
The New York City Police Benevolent Society also took to Twitter on Tuesday night and fired activists for attempting physical confrontations with officers attempting to arrest the female protester
On Monday, the NYPD revealed that more than 300 police cars have been damaged by rioters since late May.
The department says the damage exceeds $ 1 million.
Police cars were torched on Saturday night during violent quarrels in Lower Manhattan.
Meanwhile, violent crime in the city has risen dramatically since the protests began.
Last week, withdrawals were up 253 percent from last year. Among those hit by bullets was a one-year-old boy in a stroller who was killed.
In the month of June, murders rose 30 percent year-over-year, while robberies rose 118 percent.
Persistent civil unrest in other cities – including Portland, Oregon – prompted President Trump to use federal agents to protect property.
The commander-in-chief also planned to send a “wave” of federal forces to Chicago, which, like New York, has seen a dramatic increase in shootings and killings.
New York police officers clash with protesters during Saturday’s ‘Solidarity with Portland’ protest in Lower Manhattan