A Brooklyn man has been charged with assaulting an NYPD lieutenant who had come to the aid of another officer being attacked by protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge, police said.
The NYPD said Robert Murray of Brooklyn, 43, an employee of the Service Employees International Union 32BJ, surrendered with his lawyer at Precinct 5 Thursday in Lower Manhattan. Murray was charged with two counts of assault, inciting to riot and obstruction of governmental administration.
Manhattan Chief of Detectives William Aubry said more arrests are expected in the alleged assault, which took place earlier this month amid a protest over the lack of a grand jury indictment in the apparent chokehold by police leading to the death of Eric Garner. "The public is coming forward and the investigation is progressing nicely. We have received numerous calls providing us with videos. There are more arrests to come," he said.
Police Commissioner William Bratton vowed at yesterday's news conference that "all the individuals" will be arrested. Police have identified seven protesters through YouTube videos and are looking for six more assailants.
In the video, Murray is seen "going in and out of the confrontation and holds Lt. Chan," said Aubry. A witness told police that they actually "heard the fist hit the face" of Lt. Philip Chan. Aubry said Murray assaulted him twice. "He hit him in the face and then comes back and punches him again," said Aubry.
Arrested earlier this week was Eric Linsker, 29, of Crown Heights. He was charged with assault and was released on his own recognizance. Police said Linsker had thrown at least two garbage cans over the walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge at the march and was ready to throw a third one when he was spotted by Chan and Officer Patrick Sullivan, who stopped him.