New York police surrounded the apartment of a black life organizer on Friday morning and prepared to arrest him. Then a protest group defended the organizer, leading to a standoff and causing law enforcement officers to leave the scene.
According to the New York Times, 28-year-old Derrick Ingram (Derrick Ingram) broadcast live video on Instagram, when the police were wearing riot suits, police dogs, helicopters and dozens of vehicles surrounded his apartment. Remind the protest groups to defend him in Hell’s Kitchen.
“What did I do? What did I do?” He said in a live broadcast posted on Instagram. “I was born in Black, and this is what I did.”
New York Police Department spokeswoman Jessica McRorie told Buzzfeed that the department was “trying to fear attacks on police officers” and declined to provide more details because the investigation was “ongoing and ongoing.” .
The standoff lasted for several hours. Ingram used Zoom and Instagram to talk to lawyers and communicate with people outside the home to seek help to get out of law enforcement.
The organizer of the organization that led the New York BLM protests, Derrick Ingram, confronted the police for five hours earlier today. Helicopters and dozens of military officers, some wearing riot suits, were deployed in his Manhattan apartment and arrested. The protesters arrived and evacuated. #protests pic.twitter.com/3IQoPfBp1w
-@SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) August 8, 2020
Once, Ingram accused law enforcement of intercepting his phone, although this claim has not been confirmed.
Atusa Mozaffari, a lawyer from the Legal Aid Association who was present at the scene, was not a member of Ingram’s lawyers, but he said: “Obviously, this is a political decision of the New York Police Department to harass peaceful protesters without legal means.”
Mozafari added: “This is exactly what everyone in New York City should be worried about.”
Ingram is the founder of “Warrior in the Garden”, an organization that has led the city’s rallies and events since its establishment in June.
“This is an attempt to silence our movement. This militarized police response endangers Hell’s Kitchen and the safety of New York City residents,” Ingram said in a statement Friday night.
The statement added: “The officials used threats and intimidation against a young man who had no criminal history.”
He said the police who arrived at his home on Friday did not produce an arrest warrant. Kiara Williams, a member of the Ingram team, said that the police initially claimed to have the warrant, but later withdrew and said that when they were asked to authorize, they were working to authorize it.
On the night of the 8th, Derrick Ingram from the Warriors in the Garden and 100 supporters went to the 18th district. Ingram plans to turn around and participate in #nycprotests pic.twitter.com/nSNXgjruXh
-Juliana Kim (@julianahyekim) August 8, 2020
On Saturday, a group of warrior protesters marched with Ingram in the garden. He was allegedly on his way to the 18th police district to ask the authorities for help.
Hill contacted the New York City Department of Public Relations Deputy Director of News, but did not receive an immediate response.