An estimated 25,000 to 30,000 protesters upset over the the grand jury decisions not to indict the officers involved in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, converged on New York City on Saturday. The protest on the Brooklyn Bridge turned violent when police attempted to arrest the professor, Saturday night as “demonstrators” knocked two lieutenants to the ground, punching and kicking them. Police say a backpack full of hammers found at the site, belong to the suspect.
“They were knocked to the ground. They were punched by numerous people and kicked in the face and the head, while the group attempted to steal their portable radios and tear away their police identification jackets,” said the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism John Miller.
The college professor, dubbed “the Poet Protester” by the NY media, has been charged in connection with the assault of the two police officers on the bridge.
The charges against Eric Linsker, 29, of Crown Heights, who was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, include assault in the second degree, rioting in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, Linsker appeared before a judge in criminal court in Lower Manhattan Sunday night and was released without having to post bail.
Linsker’s lawyer said the case against his client is weak, but police and prosecutors claim he incited a riot leading to protesters beating up two police lieutenants.
Linsker is an English professor at Baruch College, 1010 WINS reported.
According to police, Linsker tried to throw a metal garbage can at officers on the Brooklyn Bridge.
They attempted to arrest him, but protesters intervened, pulling the man away from police and punching and kicking the cops in the face and head, authorities told 1010 WINS’ Kevin Rincon. The demonstrators also knocked the two lieutenants down to the ground and punched and kicked them, police said.
Police found several hammers inside what they believe to be the suspect’s backpack. Lovely person – just the sort parents want teaching their children.
But Linsker’s attorney said there’s no way for prosecutors to prove the bag belonged to his client.
He also called the charges bogus, and said his client had nothing to do with the assault.
“This young man did nothing but protest. He did absolutely nothing. He did not do the assault that it is claimed that he did,” the attorney said.
Uh huh. Is Linsker’s attorney named Saul Goodman, by any chance?
In a statement, Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein said the school is “working with The City University of New York.”
“Baruch will cooperate fully, as called upon, in any criminal investigation. While we believe firmly in the exercise of free speech, we deplore violence of any kind and will support the official investigation of this matter.”
No comment from Al Sharpton, the president or attorney general.
MORE on Linsker’s “poetry” via The NY Daily News:
He’s a police-hating poet whose known “for his erotic poetry interspersed with expletives aimed at the police.”
Before his run-in with the law, Linsker was scribbling stanzas about psychedelic sex and disdain for the cops.
“F— the police/To rise as you/Disappear below current/Interpretations of observations/F— the police,” he wrote for Adult-Mag, an online publication.
One review on Rate My Professors said Linsker pursues carnal subject matter.
“The readings are pretty weird. . . . I mean, if you love reading about sex in the most poetically disturbing way possible, go for it,” a student wrote last month.
Baruch College should be damn proud to have this dirtbag on their payroll.