An anti-police march attended by Black Lives Matter members in New York City descended into violence Friday night.
About 100 protesters attended the "F*** 12" march in Midtown Manhattan. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, "F*** 12" and "F12" are anti-police terms that mean "f*** the police," a reference to the police TV shows "Adam-12" or "Barney Miller," which was set at the New York City Police Department's 12th Precinct.
Demonstrators with Black Lives Matter, which was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize three weeks ago, burned an American flag and a pro-law enforcement thin blue line flag near the NYPD kiosk in Times Square in a supposed protest against police brutality.
Tonight's #F12 #DEFUNDPOLICE #BlackLivesMatter march has reached Times Square with around 100 demonstrators. Two sm… https://t.co/QhqdTo00rJ— NYC Protest Updates (@NYC Protest Updates)1613177850.0
#F12 protesters took over the streets of NYC last nite to say “Fuck 12!” to the cops who brutalize Black & Brown fo… https://t.co/rfwXSpEETO— Ash J (@Ash J)1613224457.0
Demonstrators stopped traffic by putting barricades in the middle of the street.
Overnight in NYC, #BLM protesters shut down traffic by pulling blockades into the street. https://t.co/q5Okwfc917— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô)1613245027.0
During the F12 march at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 54th Street, someone motioned toward a man and yelled, "He's a cop!" About a dozen protesters surrounded the man, who is actually a New York Daily News photographer. The New York Post reported that the crowd began "shoving him and beating him with their fists and other objects." The victim, identified as Sam Costanza, suffered a broken nose, according to the New York Daily News.
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Multiple BLM Protesters Arrested in Midtown NYC tonight following a "F**K 12" march. Member of the press also appea… https://t.co/iKd17kbb3b— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@@SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV))1613184919.0
There was a physical altercation between police and a protester.
NYPD arrested a belligerent #BLM protester last night at a violent protest. https://t.co/VbOkd3ZTqc— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô)1613245128.0
During the violent confrontation, two police officers were injured, and 11 protesters were arrested. Two police vehicles were also damaged.
In Portland on Friday night, black bloc members harassed police officers and bashed storefronts. Footage taken by photojournalist Brendan Gutenschwager shows the windows of an urgent care center smashed.
Windows smashed at an urgent care center in downtown Portland #Portland #PortlandProtests #PortlandOregon https://t.co/jXZYUBdhhY— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1613206697.0
Portland police officers were pelted with snowballs as the crowd chanted: "Quit your job!" Agitators dressed in all-black also threw snowballs at a police SUV as it drove by.
Snowballs thrown at police officers as the crowd chants “Quit your job!” here in Portland #Portland #PortlandSnow… https://t.co/MBTBt3Qc6t— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1613205921.0
Snowballs are thrown at passing Portland Police cruisers as they try to monitor the park #Portland #PortlandSnow… https://t.co/PF04QHDFn7— Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1613201915.0
Last weekend, BLM and Antifa demonstrators marched in the streets of Washington, D.C., where protesters tangled with police officers. As the crowd marched down the streets, they chanted threats to "burn down" the nation's capital.