NYC police chief: Outside groups organizing looting, violence
NYPD Chief of Department Terance Monahan say attacks on stores during protests are coordinated by outsiders being paid to turn the movement into violence. FOX Business’ Jackie DeAngelis with more.
The New York Police Department’s top cop is calling out “organized looters,” who he says are “strategically” leaving piles or buckets of debris on street corners citywide.
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“This is what our cops are up against: Organized looters, strategically placing caches of bricks & rocks at locations throughout NYC,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea wrote in a Wednesday morning tweet, along with a video showing four blue boxes filled with gray debris.
An NYPD spokesperson did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request seeking information and comment.
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Looters and rioters have reportedly used bricks, rocks and cinderblocks as tools to burglarize stores and small businesses, or even as weapons against law enforcement.
Police said nearly 700 people were arrested and several officers were injured during the chaos Monday night and early Tuesday. The official arrest numbers for Tuesday night into Wednesday have not yet been released.