8 people were jailed Friday night when a group of 150 Black Lives Matter protesters smashed windows and graffitied the storefronts of Lower Manhattan store and banks, cops sources stated.
A minimum of 2 Starbucks, five banks and a Duane Reade had their windows busted, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.
Police recuperated two stun weapons, smoke grenades, and theft and graffiti tools.
The demonstration had actually been marketed on Twitter by groups calling themselves the “New Afrikan Black Panther Celebration” and the “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.”
One of the apprehended protesters was from Portland, Ore., and another was from Iowa, the sources said.
All were charged with rioting; some were furthermore charged with weapons and robbery tool ownership.
The demonstration began at 6 p.m. at Foley Square; protesters lit trash can fires and scrawled graffiti– consisting of the word “Abolition”– as they made their method north.
“Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground,” the group was recorded screaming at one point.
Three of the banks damaged were on Seventh Avenue, between 14th and 20th streets, police sources stated.
Security video footage gotten by NBC4 reveals a protesterin a balaclava using a tool to smash windows of a shop as others held umbrellas to shield the vandal from view.
“We call on everyone who stood up during the #GeorgeFloyd uprising and all supporters to come out to say #DropTheCharges for all who have fought for our liberation!” wrote one of the groups that organized the event, RAM NYC, while promoting the protest on Twitter late last month.