Cops beat suspected looter caught inside Manhattan shoe store (VIDEO)
New York City has been rocked by several days of protests following the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd at the hands of police, with some of the demonstrations devolving into riots and looting. The city's swanky SoHo (“south of Houston Street”) neighborhood fell victim to a string of criminal activity on Sunday night – but not all the perpetrators managed to escape the law.
WATCH: NYPD deals with looters caught red-handed when they were "seeking justice" inside a #Soho shoe store. This is just one of DOZENS of NYC businesses destroyed overnight. @NYCMayor refused to set a curfew and refused the National Guard. pic.twitter.com/30sNa8wbgR— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 1, 2020
A short clip circulating on social media shows a cop bashing a suspected looter who had invited himself into a shoe store. The rioter tries to get on his feet as he covers his face from the blows, but his efforts appear to be in vain: within seconds, two more officers join in the drubbing. One cop continues to hit the looter with a baton, as his colleagues restrain and cuff him.
The scuffle was witnessed by a group of demonstrators who gathered outside the damaged storefront. Some shouted profanities and “police brutality!” as the group of cops hovered over the looter. It then appears that the crowd made a swift retreat as more police arrived at the scene.
I honestly never thought I would see a robbery in progress but tonight I did. Dozens of robberies in SoHo tonight from small stores to big name brands. Words can’t describe it. @News12BK@News12BX#GeorgeFloyd#NYCPROTEST#GeorgeFloydProtests#protests#newyorkprotest#lootingpic.twitter.com/92aG2RuFqf— Justine Miller (@JustineIMiller) June 1, 2020
Other videos posted to social media show looters breaking into boutiques and chain stores in SoHo – and then making a hasty retreat with their stolen goods.
The NYPD has struggled to maintain law and order in the city, and has come under criticism for using excessive force against demonstrators.
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