NEW YORK (WABC) — Two sisters from the Catskills were arrested for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD van occupied by four officers during Friday night’s violent protests in Brooklyn following the deadly arrest of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Police said the Molotov cocktail was thrown at the NYPD van around 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue, outside the Brooklyn Museum, as violent protests convulsed parts of the borough.
“It is by the grace of God… that we do not have dead officers today,” ny City commissioner Dermot Shea said at a news briefing Saturday morning.
Samantha Shader, 27, was charged with four counts of attempted murder also as attempted arson, assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon.
Her sister, Darian Shader, 21, was charged with assault and obstruction of justice.
The pair remain in police custody.
The van attack was among several acts of violence in Brooklyn that left officers injured and police cars damaged.
During the briefing alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio Saturday, Shea urged protesters to stay peaceful.
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“Coming to an assembly premeditated with loaded firearms, with bricks, with Molotov cocktails, is that the furthest thing possible from direct action ,” Shea said.
The police response to Friday’s protest also came under attack for itself being rough after a video surfaced showing a politician throwing a peaceful protester to the bottom .
Shea said the NYPD takes pride in its training and allowing people to march for what they believe .
“We practice de-escalation, but it’s very difficult to practice de-escalation when you’re having a brick thrown at you, at your head,” Shea said.
Shea said in one instance, a politician had their teeth knocked out.
“The account violence shouldn’t be violence or murder. which may be a mistake. and that i think anyone that sees it must condemn it because it’ll not get us where we would like to be,” Shea said.