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Rioters ‘Overrun’ Police Precinct In New York City, Another ‘Under Siege’
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 29: Police confront protesters in front of the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on May 29, 2020 in New York City. Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Across the country, protests against Floyd's death have set off days and nights of rage as its the most recent in a series of deaths of black Americans by the police.
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Violent rioters reportedly stormed a police precinct in New York City on Friday and lit law enforcement vehicles on fire.

CNN senior law enforcement analyst James Gagliano tweeted: “NYPD source informs me 88 Pct in Brooklyn just been overrun. Police Commissioner Shea has called a Level 3 mobilization. Requires all special units respond and four cars from every command in the city to location. 84 Pct under siege, as well. Also, Brooklyn North.”

Gagliano also shared a photograph of a police van that was lit on fire.

A local reporter, whose tweets were promoted by Gagliano, wrote: “Major confrontation between protesters and cops at NYPD’s 88 Pct station house in Brooklyn now. NYPD issues level 3 mobilization, summoning 4 patrol cars from commands citywide to Brooklyn to deal with the unrest.”

“Protests over the death of George Floyd erupted in Brooklyn where there have been at least 150 arrests and a dozen NYPD officers hurt,” ABC News reporter Aaron Katersky reported. “Demonstrators targeted two precincts, the 88 where a van was set on fire and the 79 were some made it inside before being arrested.”

“Several hundred police officers were rushed to the 88th Precinct in Clinton Hill, where protesters tagged police cars with profane graffiti like ‘F— the police,’ broke their mirrors, and wrecked them,” The New York Daily News reported. “Crowds began moving toward the precinct around 8:20 p.m., said reports. Some in the group tried to rush the police precinct’s door, said law enforcement sources. ”

Newsweek senior reporter Jason Lemon tweeted out a video of the police van getting lit on fire.


The news comes as riots also broke out in Atlanta at CNN’s headquarters and in Washington, D.C., at the White House and the Treasury Department.

The Washington Post highlighted major developments from today in the George Floyd case:

  • Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday afternoon.
  • The Hennepin County Medical Examiner announced it has “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation” in the preliminary results of Floyd’s autopsy.
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul are under an overnight curfew this weekend, according to an order issued by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. The curfew is in effect Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Roseville, Minn., which neighbors the Twin Cities, is also under a weekend overnight curfew.
  • Chauvin had previously shot one suspect, was involved in the fatal shooting of another, and received at least 17 complaints during his nearly two decades with the Minneapolis Police Department, according to police records and archived news reports. He also previously served in the military.

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