2 Officers Assaulted on Brooklyn Bridge During ‘Millions March’ Protests

By Catherine Yang
Catherine Yang
Catherine Yang
December 14, 2014 Updated: December 14, 2014

Tens of thousands filled the streets over the weekend continuing protests against police violence and the grand jury decision to not indict an officer over the death of Eric Garner.

The protests have largely been peaceful, but early Sunday morning a man allegedly tried to throw a garbage can at police officers below him on the Brooklyn Bridge.

The police said two lieutenants were trying to arrest the 29-year-old Eric Linsker, when other protesters intervened. Linsker fled, but was arrested hours later.

The two lieutenants were treated for bumps and bruises, and a broken nose. They recovered a backpack containing three hammers and a black facemask, which police believe belongs to Linsker.

Mayor de Blasio publicly spoke Saturday evening to address the violence.

“Let us be clear: there is no place whatsoever for violence of any kind, whether against the police or against our fellow citizens, in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, according to a press release.

Protests began early December, after a grand jury decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo, who used a chokehold on Eric Garner. Several protesters have been arrested, but mainly for very minor infractions, the mayor said at a previous event.

De Blasio commended the peaceful and respectful nature of protests since, but said the incident on the Brooklyn Bridge was “an ugly and unacceptable departure from the demonstrations thus far.”

“The people of New York should be proud for how they have made their voices heard over these past several days, and the men and women of our police force should be commended for the professionalism, dedication, and restraint they have displayed throughout these marches,” de Blasio stated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.