Rioter allegedly attempts to strangle officer with metal chain as violence continues in New York City
Jake Dima, DCNF
A man allegedly pushed an officer to the ground and attempted to strangle him with a metal chain on Thursday during continued unrest in New York city, authorities said.
Levon Wheeler, 30, was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon and attempted strangulation in connection to the evening alleged assault, a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) told the Daily Caller News Foundation. A total of 17 others were apprehended throughout the night in the second major riot in the area since Election Day, according to the New York Post
“Violence – in any form – is unacceptable,” the department wrote in a subsequent tweet. “We will be reviewing this incident, and bring any additional perpetrators to justice.”
Tonight, while performing their duties near Bond St & Broadway in Manhattan, an officer was pushed to the ground & had this chain pressed against his throat. The suspect was apprehended & will be charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon & attempted strangulation. pic.twitter.com/QuWAosMAAP
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 6, 2020
Wheeler is reportedly a resident of the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, according to a New York Post report.
Video from the night showed uniformed NYPD officers shoving back a crowd, some of whom were reportedly credentialed media.
NYPD officers on bikes continue pushing people here including (credentialed) members of the press and @JumaaneWilliams @nycpa pic.twitter.com/eey36K66qr
— katie honan (@katie_honan) November 6, 2020
A total of 60 people were arrested in the Boroughs Wednesday including a woman who was charged with spitting on a cop and another female who purportedly punched a ranking NYPD chief in the face, according to a separate Post report.