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.
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.
“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.
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.