Another protester has been arrested in connection with the incident in which two police officers were assaulted during the Millions March NYC on the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn resident Maria Garcia, 36, has been charged with resisting arrest, rioting and obstructing governmental administration.
Garcia had been identified as "Female Suspect #1" on the list of seven suspects who police say interfered as two lieutenants attempted to arrest CUNY adjunct professor and poet Eric Linsker last Saturday night.
Linsker, who was arrested last Sunday, allegedly tried to throw a trash can from the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian path onto the roadway below, where NYPD officers were gathered. He ended up in a scuffle with the cops as they tried to take him into custody.
At a press conference this week, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said that seven suspects intervened and helped Linsker escape. During the ensuing melee, protester Rob Murray allegedly broke Lieutenant Philip Chan's nose, and another kicked Lieutenant Patrick Sullivan, causing multiple cuts and bruises.
Murray, 43, an organizer with Service Employees International Union, turned himself in yesterday and was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, inciting riots and obstructing governmental administration in the incident.
Cops are still looking for five more suspects in the incident. Police are offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case: Crime Stoppers has offered $15,000, and COP Shot has offered $10,000.
Recognize any of these people? Wanted for assaulting 2 lieutenants on BKLYN Bridge. Call 1-800-COP-SHOT. $12K Reward. pic.twitter.com/3fhORtaanP
— Chief Robert Boyce (@NYPDDetectives) December 16, 2014
Mayor de Blasio met with protest organizers on Friday during an impromptu meeting. According to the Times, he reiterated that violence by protesters during demonstrations would not be tolerated, adding, "They have a list of demands, some of which I agree with, some of which I don’t."