New York City Police’s (NYPD) arrest of a protester has led to witnesses’ indignation at authorities and allegations of “kidnapping.” Footage of the dramatic arrest shows mainly plain-clothed people grabbing a woman during a police rally and throwing her into an unmarked truck. Tuesday’s detention comes amid furor over claims by federal agents in Portland, Oregon, of similar operations. In the US, marches against racism and police continued throughout the summer.
The NYPD later named the suspect as 18-year-old Nikki Stone, claiming she was trying to spray graffiti and vandalize police cameras outside City Hall. Ms Stone, a trans woman from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was released to cheer from a crowd of protesters early Monday morning. She was scheduled to appear in court to face vandalism charges and criminal mischief charges.
The detention happened at 25th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan on Tuesday evening. Shared video on social media shows people in t-shirts and shorts grabbing a skateboarder and pushing her into a minivan of silver Kia. It was unknown if the arresting officers had badges or other identification identifying them. Then, uniformed police charged in and used their motorcycles to build a fence to keep any demonstrators away.
Crowd Threaten Officers
Police said the crowd had threatened the arresting officers with rocks and bottles, but protesters deny that. Police dispersed the crowd using pepper spray.
The New York City Council speaker calls the video “incredibly troubling,” while the city’s comptroller states he is “deeply scary.”
The arrest comes as federal police in Portland, Oregon, criticizes for operations involving military-style officers dragging protesters off the street and throwing them in unmarked vehicles.
President Donald Trump has promised to send more federal police to cities he says face disproportionate rates of violence following George Floyd ‘s death in police custody on 25 May.
States on Demand
Any person arrest in the US is by police before being asking about their “Miranda rights.” Usually recite by arrest officers, the declaration reminds them of their rights to refuse to answer police questions and the right to consult with an attorney. However, some states demand that people identify themselves when the police inquire. If a suspect talks to police during the arrest, according to the National Lawyers Association. The judge will later find that they have violated their Miranda rights.
Lying to the police is a felony. So something that a suspect says keep against them later during the trial. Resisting violently will result in additional charges including resisting arrest or assault. A judge can issue a summons to return to court at a later date. Or hold the defendant in jail awaiting trial, depending on the seriousness of the alleged offence.
The NYPD Warrant Team involve in the arrest of Ms Stone, usually use unmark cars. Also, officers in plainclothes to catch off guard suspects, police claim. Broadly speaking, according to the Lawfare Report, US police have no duty to have identification. Some towns or police departments require police to display name tags or badges, or to identify themselves. It is as law enforcement during an arrest, but there is no federal requirement.