BREAKING: Sharpton Arrested at NYC Protest
by sricki, Wed May 07, 2008 at 02:50:39 PM EDT
CNN has just reported that Al Sharpton has been arrested during the Sean Bell protest today in New York City. At the moment, sources are still somewhat limited, but CNN is linking to WABC, which reports that the protests have caused several disruptions:
There was large crowd in front of Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side. Traffic is blocked on Park Row approach.
Protesters were arrested in the intersection and being put into a police bus.
Protesters had blocked access to the Manhattan Bridge on Brooklyn side.
Protestors had blocked access to the Midtown Tunnel on East Side. There have been 19 arrests there.
The Holland Tunnel has reopened on the Manhattan side.
Protesters had blocked access to the Triborough Bridge in East Harlem. Eyewitness News is told at least 30 people were arrested there.
Protesters had blocked access to the Queensborough Bridge on Upper East Side. 29 arrests were made at the Queensborough Bridge location.
Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton was arrested Wednesday as he and hundreds of demonstrators blocked traffic to protest the acquittal of three detectives in the 50-bullet shooting of an unarmed black man on his wedding day.
Sharpton, two survivors of the shooting and the slain man's fiancee were among about a dozen people arrested on disorderly conduct charges near the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Police led away demonstrators at several other bridges and tunnels in the city.
Sharpton has rightly referred to the court's acquittal of the officers responsible for the shooting as, "an abortion of justice." I know he expected to get arrested. Does anyone here know anybody who actually made it to the protests? I think the pray-ins were organized in at least six places around the city. I may update this later as new information comes in.