A Washington Square Park agitator’s declare this week to be a member of the Black Liberation Movement shocked legislation enforcement experts already troubled by escalating violence within the inexperienced house and anti-cop sentiment throughout the town.
“Uh-oh, the Black Liberation Movement is not what you want to hear. This is bad,” Manny Gomez, a former NYPD officer and FBI agent, informed The Post. “These are anarchists and they’re getting more and more brazen.”
The revelation comes as extra violence erupted Friday night time within the famed Greenwich Village park. A lady was left bloody after she was trampled by a terrified crowd fleeing a person who was waving a knife and a taser. The man was arrested.
The Black Liberation Movement, or Black Liberation Army, was a violent department of the Black Panther Party within the Seventies blamed for the execution of greater than a dozen cops across the nation, together with 4 New York City officers in 1971 and 1972.
The Black Liberation Movement “is dedicated toward fighting for the liberation of all people by centering on the most underprivileged of people, which are black people … and uplifting them and making sure we get equity,” Na-Lekan Masego of Brooklyn informed The Post Wednesday night time as he joined scores of protesters angrily denouncing the NYPD exterior a group assembly at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Greenwich Village.
The assembly was organized by the NYPD’s sixth Precinct to deal with the ongoing violence and chaos in Washington Square Park. Hundreds of folks stood in a line almost three blocks lengthy to attend. Most have been shut out as a result of of house restrictions.
An impromptu and unstable protest rapidly fashioned on the nook of Bleecker and Carmine streets amongst those that couldn’t get into the assembly. Bleecker Street was closed to visitors as protesters angrily taunted the handfuls of cops watching the doorways and patrolling the intersection, calling out some officers by identify.
Other protesters, together with Masego, spoke to the group utilizing a microphone and speaker.
Masego, who mentioned his given identify is Nasheem Dortch, has a historical past with the cops. His rap sheet lists 5 arrests, together with two for assaulting law enforcement officials, in keeping with a legislation enforcement supply.
He mentioned he was attacked by cops with a baton in Washington Square Park as officers tried to implement a short-lived 10 p.m. curfew the night time of June 5.
“There was a lot of brutalization (by cops) going on” that night time, mentioned Masego. More than 20 folks have been arrested during the clash, whereas 5 officers have been injured. A supply says Masego triggered one of these police accidents when he resisted arrest.
As just lately as this 12 months, Black Liberation Army ideology was being taught in New York City public colleges, with help from former BLA member Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, who was convicted within the 1973 execution-style killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.
Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, mentioned he believes there isn’t a widespread return of the Black Liberation Movement at the moment. But he fears its mere point out is one other ominous signal for New York City residents and for law enforcement officials working the road.
“What the Black Liberation Movement means for the city is that we’re going back to the bad old days of police assassinations, intimidation and violence,” he mentioned. “If this happens, it’s going to be very divisive as far as race goes and cause a lot of problems for the city.”