An NYPD cop was subjected to violence at the hands of a miscreant, who reportedly pinned the officer to the ground and strangulated him with a chain amid Lower Manhattan protests on Thursday night. The police reports indicated that this was the second consecutive attack to have happened near Bond Street and Broadway in the Greenwich Village, leading to 18 arrests.

The NYPD took to Twitter to warn perpetrators of serious consequences for the offense. “Violence – in any form – is unacceptable. We will be reviewing this incident, and bring any additional perpetrators to justice,” they tweeted, on a post of the chain.

Soon after, an inflammatory post by Wall Street Journal reporter brought to netizens notice that Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and members of the press were shoved by police during another Lower Manhattan scuffle on the same night. The video footage that was released on Twitter shows officers using their vehicles to gain dominion over the tense encounter.

City slammed the move, while Senator Brad Hoylman tweeted in support of those who expressed their aghast at the incident. “Our Public Advocate @JumaaneWilliams has a long history of going to protests specifically to join with New Yorkers while de-escalating tensions. There’s no sense in this, @NYCMayor. Where are you?,” tweeted Sen. Brad Hoylman.

Man in jail. Illustration of man in jail. Shutterstock