Black Lives Matter Protest Organizer Turns Himself In To Police After Standoff In Manhattan

Steve Burns
August 08, 2020 - 6:29 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – An organizer of Black Lives Matter protests turned himself in to police Saturday, a day after the NYPD sent dozens of officers and helicopters to his Manhattan apartment—and now there are questions about the police response.

There were dozens of officers in riot gear outside activist Derrick Ingram’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen on Friday as police helicopters circled overhead.

Inside the apartment, Ingram was streaming it all on his Instagram as police pounded on his door.

“I can't talk to you unless you have a warrant or unless you want to talk to my lawyer,” Ingram can be heard saying on the stream.

The 28-year-old is a co-founder of the group Warriors in the Garden, which emphasizes protesting peacefully.

After five hours camped outside his apartment, the NYPD left.

Ingram turned himself in on Saturday morning surrounded by supporters.

The NYPD said it was trying to take Ingram into custody on charges that he assaulted a police officer.

The New York Post reported that he allegedly gave an officer hearing damage after shouting into a bullhorn directly next to that officer at a protest in June.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted that the NYPD was trying to intimidate Ingram.

“This type of action only worsens relationships between the community and the NYPD,” Johnson tweeted. “It’s an attempt to intimidate a leader of a movement addressing systemic racism and police brutality. My office has spoken to the NYPD about this incident and we’ll keep following up to get answers.”

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer tweeted that, “Absent a warrant, a show of force like this seems like overkill.”