On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez blasted the NYPD after the department confirmed that it had conducted an arrest of a protester who was forced into an unmarked van.
“This is not a drill. There is no excuse for snatching women off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans,” AOC posted in a retweet of a video of the incident shared by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Our civil liberties are on brink.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 29, 2020
This is not a drill. There is no excuse for snatching women off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans.
To not protect our rights is to give them away. It is our responsibility to resist authoritarianism. https://t.co/pw20WF05KK
“To not protect our rights is to give them away. It is our responsibility to resist authoritarianism,” AOC added.
In a series of tweets late on Tuesday, the NYPD confirmed the arrest showcased in the now-viral video. Officials state that the woman was allegedly arrested for damaging an NYPD camera on five separate occasions near City Hall Park.
“The Warrant Squad uses unmarked vehicles to effectively locate wanted suspects,” NYPD said. “When she was placed into the Warrant Squad’s unmarked gray minivan, it was behind a cordon of NYPD bicycle cops in bright yellow and blue uniform shirts there to help effect the arrest.”
The tweet goes on to state that during the arrest officers were “assaulted with rocks and bottles.”
The protester’s arrest comes just two weeks after arrest reports from Portland, Oregon that federal agents had been sent into the city by the Trump administration. The officers are wearing unidentifiable military fatigues and are picking up peaceful protesters in unmarked vehicles.
The video of the woman comes two weeks after reports surfaced in Portland, Ore., where federal agents have been deployed since late June, of federal officers, clad in unidentifiable military fatigues, picking up and detaining protesters in unmarked vans.