The Occupy City Hall protester, whose arrest by plainclothes police officers sparked fury between police and protesters, was captured with orange cameras tearing up New York police cameras by Post photographers and the lens of the police officers.
The photos and video show Nikki Stone, 18, standing at a crosswalk sign and using a broom dipped in orange paint to allegedly disable the clearly marked anti-crime device.
Dozens of people witnessed the June 30 vandalism at the intersection of Center and Chambers streets, with various applauses and screams of encouragement, the video shows.
After finishing the job, Stone tossed the broom to the ground and triumphantly raised his fist in the air to applaud the crowd.
New York Police Chief Detectives Rodney Harrison also tweeted on Wednesday a video clip montage that police say shows Stone splashing paint into a camera from a bucket, holding a can of spray paint and tampering with the broom during the June 30 incident.
“#NYPD welcomes peaceful protests. However, the damage to New York police technology that helps keep this city safe will never be tolerated, “wrote Harrison.
“These cameras are vital resources that help prevent and solve crimes throughout the city.
Stone, whom New York police described as a passerby on the Lower East Side, was arrested Tuesday by plainclothes Warrant Squad police officers who tracked her down and grabbed her from the street while marching with a group of protesters in Kips Bay shortly before 6 pm
His friends immediately turned on plainclothes police officers and threw “rocks and bottles” at them when Stone was forced into a gray, unmarked Kia minivan, New York police said.
The arrest led to online allegations that Stone had been “kidnapped” and “kidnapped”, despite the fact that a plainclothes officer clearly had a badge on his belt and a contingent of NYPD police officers almost moved out of righ now.
Stone was charged with criminal conduct in the June 30 incident and was also charged in four other incidents between June 19 and July 6, including for allegedly writing graffiti inside the Oculus at the World Trade Center.
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But she was greeted by a hero by a dozen protesters from Occupy City Hall, and New York leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, Hawk Newsome, when she was released from custody Wednesday morning.
His arrest sparked an increase in online donations to a GoFundMe page that was created Saturday to raise $ 15,000 for Stone, “who has been homeless” and “needs money to rent for several months, as he finds a source for stable income. ” “Organizer Emily Dick wrote.
But that goal more than doubled on Wednesday night, with the GoFundMe page listing around 1,200 donations and saying, “1,214 people just donated.”
Stone’s mother, Brooklyn-based artist Carly O’Neil, tweeted Wednesday afternoon that Stone “was fine and we appreciate all the concern.”
O’Neil also tweeted a link to an online document in which he identified Stone as a transgender woman who goes by the name “Stickers.”
O’Neil alleged that Stone was “physically approached by the agents who arrested him, which included several blows to the face when he began to panic and exhibited that anxiety at the time.”
The mother also alleged that after her arrest, Stone was not allowed “to access his contacts on his phone, to call me or anyone he was with before the arrest.”
When asked for comment, the New York Police Department noted observations made earlier in the day by Department Chief Terence Monahan, who said Stone’s arrest came after police officers had her “under observation during half an hour “but they tried to avoid arresting her” in front of everyone. “
“He goes up to them, gets in the car and starts cursing them … and starts calling other protesters,” Monahan told WABC-TV.
“The officers are leaving. She follows them, slightly off the road, and when she approaches the car again, the officers salute the uniformed police officers who are in the area … grab her and arrest her. “
Monahan also said “people can’t rush to judgment” based on the video of the arrest, saying, “She approached them. She followed them off set. They had to make that arrest. At this point, this is what we do. We lock up people who commit crimes in New York City. “