Six people were arrested Thursday after demonstrators in New York City clashed with law enforcement and vandalized a prominent monument in Central Park.
Footage from the night showed the large statue defaced with red paint and tagged with derogatory phrases aimed at police.
“We respect’s (sic) everyone right to peacefully protest, but vandalism is not part of peaceful protest,” the New York Police Department wrote in a tweet. “We are working to de-escalate the situation to prevent further damage from occurring.”
Additional video from the unrest showed uniformed officers and protesters standing toe-to-toe before a shoving match began.
Daunte Wright was pronounced dead April 11 after former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, officer Kim Potter mistook her firearm for a Taser and shot him. Potter has since been arrested and charged with manslaughter.
On Tuesday, authorities in Columbus, Ohio, released body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting where a policeman fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant after she wielded a knife, apparently trying to stab another teenager. An investigation has commenced, and Mayor Andrew Ginther said, “the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community.”
The public information wing of the NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.