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Cops assaulted outside Strand in wild melee

If two violent men who beaned cops outside the Strand get caught, they’ll likely get the book thrown at them.

The pair — one with a stick, the other with a brick — viciously assaulted two police officers, going for their heads, in a chaotic clash outside the famed bookstore on the evening of Sun., May 31.

Police said that a lieutenant and a police officer, around 10:30 p.m., were trying to take a group of protesters into custody who were resisting arrest outside 828 Broadway, at E. 12th St., near Union Square.

During the struggle, one of the suspects ran up behind the lieutenant and, winding up and using all his might, clubbed him in the back of the head with a stick.

Meanwhile, the second man heaved a brick at a different police officer, striking him in the front of his head.

Both cops were wearing riot helmets.

The lieutenant was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/The Allen Pavilion to be treated for a concussion. The other officer was not seriously injured.

The mayor’s daughter, Chiara, was arrested at the same location, but one night earlier, and had been protesting peacefully.

Anyone with information should call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.

All tips are confidential.


  1. The Village Sun The Village Sun June 6, 2020

    OK, also a good point. Article and caption have been updated and they are now identified as “men.”

  2. Anita Anita June 6, 2020

    Hello! I have to agree with Jack – I think it is important to distinguish protestors from looters/rioters especially if no confirmation can be provided. The photos caption as well as the story still describe these violent individuals as protestors.

  3. The Village Sun The Village Sun June 5, 2020

    Hi Jack, it’s a point well-taken and the headline has been changed.

  4. Jack Jack June 5, 2020

    Were these protesters or were these among the hit and run gangs that took advantage of the movement. I object to your headline stating that they were protesters without confirmation

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