UPDATED 3:15 PM PT – Sunday, November 1, 2020
NYPD arrested a top BLM official during a recent rally.
Authorities stated they apprehended Hawk Newsome, the co-founder of the Greater New York chapter of BLM, at a rally in Chelsea, N.Y. on Sunday.
The Founder of Black Lives Matter, Hawk Newsome, is seen arrested in this video with his hands up during a counter protest action in Chelsea, New York City today. pic.twitter.com/h6CR77mJlA
— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) November 1, 2020
The rally was marked by elevated tensions and minor scuffles between demonstrators and the police. Reports have claimed Newsome and the Greater New York BLM were preparing for a bloodbath of political violence in case of President Trump’s re-election.
New York police noted they are working to prevent and minimize any potential violence.