According to Gothamist, “The NYPD repeatedly drove scooters at high speeds through crowds of demonstrators during this morning’s march, and another demonstrator was beaten after kicking a police scooter.” The most outrageous incident, however, appears to be the case of this legal observer, who was either hit with or run over by a scooter-mounted police officer before apparently being beaten and arrested. Ari Douglas, who was observing the protests for the National Lawyers Guild, is currently in police custody in an emergency room and faces charges for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, and two counts of criminal mischief. In this age of technology, there’s a plethora of photos and videos.
This video of the incident was published by The New York Times and appears to show police beating Douglas after he’s run over.
Whether or not Douglas was merely struck or run over by the scooter is being debated. This video does little to shed light on the incident.
A fellow legal observer, Zainab Akbar, who was at the scene, told the New York Daily News, “His leg was stuck under the bike, and he kicked his leg to get the bike off his leg, and then the police attacked him and shoved him into the ground and put a night stick against the back of his neck.”
The scooter in question is a Piaggio BV200, which weighs 359lbs before a couple hundred pounds of cop climbs onboard. It would hurt if it hit you or ran you over.
Regardless of the exact nature of the event, scooters appear to be the latest tool in the NYPD’s war on our First Amendment rights.
Thanks for the tip, Payton.