$12,000 reward posted for 7 protesters wanted in attack on NYPD lieutenants

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Police released photos Tuesday of seven people wanted in connection with the assault of two NYPD officers during a massive protest for Eric Garner, and announced a $12,000 for their capture.

Two lieutenants, one of whom suffered a broken nose, were kicked and punched by four men and three women after the agents tried to stop a protester from throwing a trash can off a walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to police. It happened Saturday night.

Police say these 3 women were involved in an assault on 2 NYPD lieutenants.

Police say these three women were involved in an assault on two NYPD lieutenants. (Photo: NYPD)

The protester in question, CUNY Baruch professor Erik Linkser, was later found and arrested.

Linkser has been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. He has pleaded not guilty.

According to police, these men attacked 2 lieutenants who tried to arrest another protester.

According to police, these men attacked two lieutenants who tried to arrest another protester. (Photo: NYPD)

“We do not take attacks on police officers lightly — never have, never will,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a press conference Monday.

Video of the melee -- which marred the mostly peaceful demonstration of about 25,000 people -- was posted on YouTube.

The NYPD also released photos of nine possible witnesses to the assault, calling on them to come forward and help in the investigation.

Police are looking to question these 6 people about the assault on 2 NYPD lieutenants during protests Saturday.

Police are looking to question these 6 people about the assault on 2 NYPD lieutenants during protests Saturday.

A $12,000 combined reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

7 comments

  • asoto

    No person should ever have to suffer an assault at the hands of another person, much-less a group of people. That being said, I am left wondering whether there was a fair and balanced approach to this investigation. I can only imagine the vast amount of people in NY that have been assaulted under similar circumstances (during a protest, by a group, caught on video) and wonder whether or not those cases were approached with the same level of importance an urgency as exists in this case. I certainly do not intend to fuel an already intense situation, but it would certainly seem as if every time an officer is the victim of a crime, especially if it is a violent crime, it becomes a matter worthy of media coverage and intense police scrutiny.

  • Citizen

    Pix11 you are framing innocent people. These folks look like anyone. It’s horrifying that you would even publish this McCarthyism.

  • citizen kane

    explain hypocritical, when citizen record police brutality against citizens, the officer hate them for video taping them in the act, but when it’s an officer been attacked they ARE EAGER to find the citizens who video taped the assault on the officers. Don’t get me wrong I disagree on assaulting any human life, I’m just pointing out the obvious.

  • chris

    i hope they get long prison sentences.
    yes, u do come across the odd bad copper,but the majority do a good job ,keeping us all safe.

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