New York protester turns himself in one day after riot police swarm apartment building
Derrick Ingram is accused of assaulting an officer during a protest in June
A Black Lives Matter protester surrendered to New York police Saturday morning after being accused of assaulting an officer during a Manhattan protest in June.
Derrick Ingram, 28, of the group Warriors in the Garden, turned himself in, with his attorney by his side, to the New York Police Department one day after he livestreamed a standoff with officers stationed outside his home.
NYPD claim that Ingram scuffled with an officer and shouted in her ear with a megaphone during a Black Lives Matter demonstration on June 14. The man has been charged with second-degree assault for the incident.
Before turning himself in, Ingram was involved in an hours-long standoff with police outside his Hell’s Kitchen apartment on Friday. At that time, in a dramatic show of force, dozens of NYPD officers, dressed in riot gear and accompanied by helicopters and police vans, swarmed Ingram’s apartment building.
The officers, insisting they had a warrant for his arrest, had tried to coerce Ingram into stepping out of his residence. When Ingram began to tape the incident on Instagram Live, a crowd soon gathered and the officers eventually left empty-handed.
A verbal exchange ensued during the standoff between police and Ingram.
“There’s no reason for us to come in there. Open the door and come out. Derrick, you’re the one making this difficult, we’re just trying to get you to come outside. You’re the one being hostile,” an NYPD officer said.
“I’m not being hostile, I’m calm,” Ingram responded, while hundreds of his followers watched online.
Seemingly anguished, Ingram, who is Black, held his head in his hands and paced back and forth.
Police began to leave the area around 1 p.m. as the crowd chanted, No justice, no peace.”
A co-founder of Warriors in the Garden, a group devoted to nonviolent protests and policy changes to end systemic racism and police brutality, Ingram made a statement on Friday evening.
“This was an attempt to silence our movement. This militarized police response endangers the safety of residents in Hell’s Kitchen and across NYC,” Ingram said. “Officers used threats and intimidation tactics on a young man with no criminal history,” he continued.
As of Saturday, Ingram’s arraignment was still pending.
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