At least 11 people have been arrested after a Black Lives Matter protest turned violent in Manhattan on Friday night.
Around 100 people assembled in Times Square in the early evening for a ‘F**k 12’ anti-police march, according to local news outlets.
Authorities reported that the initial demonstration was peaceful, with video shared to Twitter showing several activists burning a ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag as cops watched on passively.
However, the situation soon escalated after a protester was reportedly arrested on nearby Sixth Avenue, appearing to anger other members of the crowd.
At least 11 people have been arrested after a Black Lives Matter protest turned violent in Manhattan on Friday night. A protester is seen facing off with a line of NYPD officers
One woman is seen being put into the back of a police van after being arrested during the fracas on Friday night
An officer appears to have a stern word with a maskless demonstrator following the event
The New York Post reports that a violent altercation ensued leaving two officers injured.
According to the publication, a photojournalist who works for The New York Daily News was also assaulted after being mistaken for a police officer.
‘He’s a cop,’ one protester reportedly yelled, as several protesters surrounded the snapper.
Sources say the photojournalist was shoved and beaten, before being left with a bloodied nose.
The New York Daily News said their employee was ‘jumped by 10 or 15 protesters’ during the incident.
Video being shared on social media shows the NYPD declaring an unlawful assembly, ordering protesters to disperse.
Many are seen scuffling and screaming at officers.
Photos later show several being placed in NYPD vans in handcuffs after they were arrested.
Dozens of cops clad in helmets and shields were on hand during the ‘F**k 12’ anti-police protest
An officer is pictured during a tense exchange with a protester in Midtown Manhattan
The NYPD were well prepared for the protest – which consisted of around 100 demonstrators
This post was first published on DailyMail.