A protest property company owner who’s been arrested in New York City for allegedly obstructing traffic has been released on bond, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.
The New York Civil Liberties Union confirmed the arrest and said in a statement that it was the first time in more than a decade that a person has been charged under the state’s new “bail and bail” laws.
A protester holds up a sign as protesters march in Times Square, New York, U.S., May 15, 2021.AP/John MinchilloThe protest group New York Protests, which calls itself “a collection of diverse activists, organizers, and activists who have been fighting to end the police state,” said in its statement that the company was not involved in the arrest.
The ACLU has previously sued protesters over arrest.
In 2015, the group said a New York police officer assaulted a woman with a baton and then choked her while she was handcuffed at a protest.
The officer, who has since been fired, is the subject of an internal investigation into his actions, the lawsuit said.
The group is also suing New York Police Department for failing to protect protesters.