NEW YORK — NYPD officers and anti-Trump protesters clashed in Manhattan on Sunday, leading to at least 10 arrests, police said.
Video captured by the New York Post shows the police shoving protesters and blocking their path on the sidewalk at West 24th Street and 10th Avenue.
“Stop! Stop pushing me!” one protester shouts as police barricade the street.
Eyewitnesses told the Post three people were arrested.
A later clip shot by the news organization shows protesters lobbing one insult after another at officers.
“It’s f–king New York City. There are people getting f–king raped and murdered,” one protester taunts. “Go fight real crime, you f–king pathetic p–sies.”
“You tell people to get on the f–king sidewalk, then you push us off the fucking sidewalk,” another says. “This is America, right?”
According to a report, police arrested two journalists and eight counter-protesters during the unrest, FNTV said on Twitter, something NYPD later disputed.
Cops arrested 2 journalists and 8 counter protesters in Chelsea, NYC, today. They were there to counter protest the #MAGADrag caravan that did not go through the expected parts of Manhattan
— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) November 1, 2020
According to reports, NYPD tried to draw a distinction between journalists and those it officially recognizes through the issuance of a press pass.
“All arrested individuals from today’s protests have been verified to not be NYPD credentialed members of the press,” the department said on Twitter.
It is being reported on social media that earlier today members of the press were arrested during a protest in Manhattan.
These reports are false.
All arrested individuals from today’s protests have been verified to not be NYPD credentialed members of the press.” pic.twitter.com/Xbxhk1FK79
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 1, 2020
Anti-Trump demonstrators had gathered at Madison Square Park to confront pro-Trump caravans crisscrossing the New York region ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election.
The anti-Trump group marched to the West Side Highway, before dispersing after concluding the Trump caravans were likely avoiding Manhattan.
One group of truck-driving Trump supporters stopped traffic for an unspecified amount of time on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway, video posted to Twitter showed.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 1, 2020
NYPD was not immediately able to provide further details.
Pro-Trump demonstrators also blocked traffic on the Mario Cuomo Bridge in Tarrytown on Sunday, Twitter footage shows.
New York State Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Obnoxious Trump supporters in New York shut down Mario Cuomo bridge pic.twitter.com/2HPHpz3CAS
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) November 1, 2020
Meanwhile, in Texas, someone traveling with the Biden campaign called 911 after a group of Trump supporters escorted their tour bus on Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin, Law Officer reported.
As the activity continued in the region, it became known as a “Trump Train.”
Biden campaign officials said afterward that they feared the Trump devotees might run their bus off the road. However, nothing of the sort ever occurred. Neither Joe Biden nor Kamala Harris was aboard the bus.
H/T Law Officer