A real stunner seeing a union organizer being arrested for attacking a cop.
A protester who has been charged with assaulting a New York police officer was making six-figures working for one the country’s largest unions, The Daily Beast has learned.
Robert Murray, 43, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, surrendered to police at Manhattan’s 5th Precinct Thursday morning.
According to a police spokesperson, Murray was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer and three misdemeanors counts, one each of resisting arrest, inciting to riot, and obstruction of governmental administration. Murray has no prior arrests, the spokesman said. No date has been announced yet for Murray’s arraignment, where he will enter his plea and have an opportunity to contest the charges.
Murray worked as an organizing coordinator for 32BJ, a 145,000-member New York affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, known as SEIU, which has more than two million members nationally.
The attack in which Murray is charged has been front-page news in New York for almost a week. It was the first significant violence directed toward police after weeks of demonstrations across the city. In the wake of the incident, the police union has harshly criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio, who they have portrayed as overly sympathetic to the protesters and insufficiently supportive of police.
Significant violence, not to be confused with garden variety violence.
At a private event last Friday the head of the police union, Pat Lynch, told a room full of delegates that “Mayor Bill de Blasio acts more like the leader of “a fucking revolution” than a city,” according to Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah who obtained a recording of the meeting.
Elaine Kim, assistant to the president for communications for 32BJ SEIU, provided this statement after being contacted regarding Murray’s arrest.
“Rob Murray is a staff member of 32BJ SEIU and is now on unpaid leave. The union does not under any circumstance condone violence of any kind, including against police officers. We respect the work of our police officers and support their efforts to protect both the public and those engaging in lawful protest. 32BJ SEIU has repeatedly called on protesters to express their views peacefully just as we called on the police to respect the rights of demonstrators. We trust the facts in this case will come to light through the legal process.”
If they allegedly don’t condone violence, why are union goons so violent during “mostly peaceful” protests? Do they not realize the NYPD officers are also in a union?
The incident marred a mostly peaceful protest in which tens of thousands of demonstrators took to city streets in what was by far the largest of several protests this month in response to the grand jury’s decision.
The NYPD released photos of seven suspects — four males, three females — wanted for questioning in connection with the assault, as well as nine witnesses. The initial reward offered was $12,000.
According to an NYPD statement, the suspects mobbed the two lieutenants, who were attempting to arrest a protester who was trying to toss a garbage can onto the roadway below him at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Several demonstrators punched and kicked the lieutenants, while trying to remove their police radios and NYPD jackets. One of the lieutenants suffered a broken nose, police said, while both suffered multiple cuts and bruises.
The protester accused of trying to toss the garbage can, Eric Linsker, a 29-year-old CUNY professor and poet, escaped but left a backpack full of hammers, personal papers, and a small amount of marijuana behind, police allege. He was arrested early Sunday morning and faces several felony charges.
Another aging hippie was also arrested.
Police also arrested a Staten Island man, Richard Lynch, 53, who protests with a Guy Fawkes mask and a sign that reads “Angry Pacifist,” accusing him of disorderly conduct and disrupting traffic on the bridge during the demonstration. He does not face any charges in connection with the alleged assault.
These people really need to grow up. Oh, and in a show of solidarity with the NYPD, the moron mayor will be meeting with … protest organizers today.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to meet with organizers of the protests over the death of Eric Garner.
Administration officials confirmed that de Blasio, a Democrat who took office in January, will meet with members of the Justice League at City Hall on Friday.
The Justice League? What are they, fucking cartoon characters?