NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An estimated 25,000-30,000 protesters took to the streets of New York City Saturday to express outrage over the grand jury decisions not to indict the officers involved in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.
The protest remained mainly peaceful. However, at a news conference late Saturday night, Chief of Department James P. O’Neill said two officers were assaulted on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Authorities say two police saw a man attempting to throw a garbage can onto the roadway and attempted to make an arrest. The officers were then reportedly assaulted, kicked in the face and head, by numerous other protesters.
During that incident, O’Neill said police came in possession of a bag containing what appeared to be newly-purchased hammers as well as a black mask.
One person has been arrested for disorderly conduct, authorities said.
The officers’ injuries are said to be non life-threatening.
“This is where we have to step in and make arrests. We cannot have our officers assaulted,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill also said there were numerous reports of fireworks being set off on Madison Avenue and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Authorities also say a rear window was smashed in an incident on Madison Avenue.
As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, the crowd chanted “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter,” and “Bring the system down,” as more and more protesters filled Washington Square Park on their march to One Police Plaza.