New York City social activist Tony Herbert told Fox & Friends on Thursday that he took part in a march the day before that turned violent against New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and called it “disappointing.”
“Our March was not a protest,” Herbert said. “It was a statement about saying, ‘We come together as New Yorkers to stop the madness.'”
He went on to say that it was “unfortunate to see the violence against” cops just doing their job “.
“They did not go and consider anyone, they were forced by others and that was not right,” Herbert said.
Herbert made the comments this morning after a protester attacked a group of NYPD officials, including the highest-ranking uniformed member of the department, during a demonstration on Brooklyn Bridge, according to police and photos of the attack.
The video shows someone from the group along the bridge approaching the edge of the fence, leaning over and shaking officers who were hugging against the barrier.
The NYPD announced that at least three officers suffered serious injuries after someone swung a long object at the officers while placing someone in custody.
A police spokesman says department head Terence Monahan is the second white shirt member in the department seen in the video with the group at the time of the attack and suffered a life-threatening hand injury. Monahan was one of the NYPD members promised to take a knee with protesters during a June 1
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After the first melee, another chaotic quarrel occurred between more protesters and police near where the first happened. An officer suffered a broken eye socket, John Grimpel, NYPD, told Fox News. A total of 37 people were arrested from the protest.
Herbert said he learned that a leaflet had gone out Wednesday morning “and called on people to mobilize at 8 a.m. to be anti-protesters for our peace march.” He noted that he found out that many of the “anti-protesters” were out of date.
Herbert explained that the peace march “was led by the clergy and we collaborated with the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association and other community organizations.”
“We had people from the NAACP and other civil rights organizations marching with us as well as people from the community,” he said.
“To see what had happened a few inches away from us … it was disappointing,” Herbert continued.
“Here you are talking about a peace march, I do not know what memo they received in terms of what it may have been, but it was about uniting our city for those of us who live here and creating an opportunity for us to come to table and have a positive dialogue. “
Herbert has joined Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in urging the New York Police Department to reinstate its recently closed anti-crime unit as the Big Apple continues to fight a powerful wave.
The call from one of the city’s most influential black leaders comes a few days after the tragic shooting death of 1-year-old Davell Gardner, who hit his stomach with a bullet during a family cooking.
Herbert told CBS New York this week that “the guns keep going and now we have a 1-year-old and the blood is on the mayors and state legislators.”
The NYPD Anti-Crime Unit was closed in mid-June amid protests following the death of George Floyd, with its approximately 600 plainclothes officers transferred to other divisions.
Last weekend alone, there were 28 shooting incidents and 35 casualties across the city’s five boroughs, compared to just five incidents and six casualties during the same period between Friday and Sunday last year, the NYPD told Fox News.
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The NYPD and De Blasio’s offices did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Fox News’ Courtney Crawford, Stephanie Pagones and Greg Norman contributed to this report.