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Anti-Trump protester on the ground after spat in cop's face


An anti-Trump protester was arrested and charged in New York after spitting in the face of a police officer as protesters gathered in cities across the country. The outcome of the presidential election was still uncertain.

Devina Singh, 24, was filmed yelling at a Manhattan officer called "F *** you Fascist" before spitting in his face despite the risk of coronavirus infecting him.

She could also be heard screaming, "… damned for it," although the beginning of the sentence was incomprehensible. After spitting on the officer, she was thrown to the ground and arrested.

She was one of more than 50 people arrested during a night of rioting in New York.

Singh, of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, has been charged with obstruction of government administration and harassment.

The footage of her spitting on the officer, which went viral on Twitter, was immediately condemned by the NYPD and police unions.

& # 39; Actions like this will not be tolerated. Agitators who commit these acts will be arrested, ”the NYPD tweeted alongside the video.

NYPD Detectives Union The Detectives & # 39; Endowment Association added: & # 39; This despicable behavior will not be tolerated! This after setting fires and destroying property. We know law-abiding New Yorkers don't want their cops to be treated like this. Now we need every elected official to publicly condemn it. & # 39;

The woman, later identified as Devina Singh, can be seen shouting swear words at the policeman

"F ** k you, fascist!" The 24-year-old can hear the officer screaming

Devina Singh pictured was arrested Wednesday evening after spitting in the face of a police officer

Police later responded to the incident in a statement on Twitter: “Actions like this will not be tolerated. Agitators who commit these acts will be arrested. & # 39; Singh pictured above

Devina Singh pictured was arrested Wednesday evening after spitting in the face of a police officer

Officers said Singh had previous arrests for unlawful gathering and resisting the arrest.

Police said the riots began Wednesday night with peaceful demonstrations urging officials to "count every vote" in the presidential election after Trump sued to stop vote counting in key swing states where he was losing could.

The NYPD said as day turned into night the protest was "kidnapped" by aggressive groups who lit fires before skirmishing with officers and throwing trash and eggs at them.

More than 24 hours after the polls were completed, it is still not clear who won the election. A number of battlefield states are still counting and pulling out a record number of postal ballot papers.

Joe Biden is on the verge of victory, but Donald Trump has faced a number of legal challenges to halt the counting of votes in states where he threatens to lose on unfounded allegations of fraud.

This has spurred pro-Trump supporters to stop off at polling stations in key states like Michigan and Arizona to monitor counts, while anti-Trump protesters gather in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York and other Democratic strongholds gathered to demand that each vote be counted.

There has not yet been widespread violence and looting as feared before Election Day, but the longer the uncertainty persists, the greater the risk. It can still take days for all votes to be counted.

Anti-Trump protesters have scheduled more than 100 events across the country between Wednesday and Saturday.

In Michigan, a battlefield state, counter-protests erupted in Detroit after dozens of Trump supporters came to a polling station to urge officials to stop counting votes.

Other protests – sometimes against the elections, sometimes against racial inequality – took place in at least half a dozen cities, including Seattle, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Diego.

Protesters kicked off a day of demonstration in New York on Wednesday by marching down Manhattan's iconic thoroughfare and chanting "Every Voice Counts" and "Every Voice Counts".

Activists kneel in central Manhattan, where clashes later broke out with officials overseeing the protest

Activists kneel in central Manhattan, where clashes later broke out with officials overseeing the protest

A man is handcuffed and arrested by police in New York City on a night of unrest following an uncertain election

A man is handcuffed and arrested by police in New York City on a night of unrest following an uncertain election

Anti-Trump protesters march through Manhattan demanding that every vote be counted after the president called for the vote to stop in swing states where he is at risk of losing

Other groups also met for rallies in Washington Square Park in the village of Greenwich, where riot police officers were in force.

"It is very important that we make sure that our democracy is preserved," said Meira Harris, 26, a social work student. "This election caused so much fear."

However, the peaceful protests took a violent turn at nightfall after cries in support of democracy turned into rhetoric against the police and members of other groups started setting fires in the streets.

In the West Village, officials clashed with activists as they moved on crowds during a rally on Leroy Street and Seventh Avenue.

NEW YORK CITY

Protesters kicked off a day of demonstrations on Wednesday by marching down Manhattan's iconic thoroughfare chanting "Every Voice Counts" and "Every Voice Counts".

Other groups also met for rallies in Washington Square Park in the village of Greenwich, where riot police officers were in force.

However, the peaceful protests took a violent turn at nightfall after cries in support of democracy turned into rhetoric against the police and members of other groups started setting fires in the streets.

In the West Village, officials clashed with activists as they moved on crowds during a rally on Leroy Street and Seventh Avenue.

NEW YORK CITY: Police arrest a protester as he marched through the East Village on Wednesday during an election day demonstration

NEW YORK CITY: Police arrest a protester as he marched through the East Village during an election day demonstration on Wednesday

NEW YORK CITY: Peaceful protests were in chaos at nightfall when police began moving on crowds and making multiple arrests

NEW YORK CITY: Peaceful protests were in chaos at nightfall when police began moving on crowds and making multiple arrests

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters arrested during demonstrations sparked after Donald Trump expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the election

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters arrested during demonstrations sparked after Donald Trump expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the election

NEW YORK CITY: Armed police clashed with protesters in Manhattan as fears of riot persist as the US waits to discover its new president

NEW YORK CITY: Armed police clashed with protesters in Manhattan as fears of riot persist as the US waits to discover its new president

NEW YORK CITY: Election protesters and activists gathered in the streets when police officers were in force

NEW YORK CITY: Election protesters and activists gathered in the streets when police officers were in force

NEW YORK CITY: Demand for a fair vote count later became rhetoric against police when some protesters started starting fires, police said. Pictured: a protester wears a police uniform and a pig mask

NEW YORK CITY: Demand for a fair vote count later became rhetoric against police when some protesters started starting fires, police said. Pictured: a protester wears a police uniform and a pig mask

NEW YORK CITY: A protester holds a sign that reads "Stop Killer Cops" as recent Black Lives Matter protests clashed with election fears

NEW YORK CITY: A protester holds a sign that reads "Stop Killer Cops" as recent protests against Black Lives Matter collided with election fears

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters clashed with police officers, and at least four people were arrested Wednesday night

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters clashed with police officers, and at least four people were arrested Wednesday night

NEW YORK CITY: A police officer tries to control the crowd that had gathered on a day of frustration when the elections were still at stake

NEW YORK CITY: A police officer tries to control the crowd that had gathered on a day of frustration when the elections were still at stake

The New York police officers had monitored the protesters in the West Village before taking action against the noisy crowds

The New York police officers had monitored the protesters in the West Village before taking action against the noisy crowds

NEW YORK CITY: Footage posted on social media showed police officers monitoring city rallies before using crowd control tactics

NEW YORK CITY: Footage posted on social media showed police officers monitoring city rallies before using crowd control tactics

Footage shared on social media by a New York Post journalist showed a woman spitting on a police officer, resulting in another skirmish between activists and police.

The woman, who was later identified as Devina Singh, 24, was heard berating the officer and telling him, "Fuck you, fascist" before spraying him with her saliva. The officer again pushed her against a building before handcuffing her.

Police later responded to the incident in a statement on Twitter: “Actions like this will not be tolerated. Agitators who commit these acts will be arrested. & # 39;

The footage also showed officers using stubborn crowd control methods including chaining by approaching large groups before making multiple arrests.

More than 50 people were arrested during the protests on Wednesday evening, in which authorities also recovered several weapons, including knives, a stun gun and M80 explosives, the NYPD said.

“We appreciate and value the importance of freedom of expression. Our top priority is and remains safety. We arrested more than 20 people who tried to hijack a peaceful protest by lighting fires, throwing rubbish and eggs in Manhattan, ”the department said in a statement.

NEW YORK CITY: 4: Police arrest election protesters after a rally in Union Square

NEW YORK CITY: 4: Police arrest election protesters after a rally in Union Square

NEW YORK CITY: More than 20 people were arrested late Wednesday for "kidnapping" peaceful protest, according to NYPD

NEW YORK CITY: More than 20 people were arrested late Wednesday for "kidnapping" peaceful protest, according to NYPD

NEW YORK CITY: NYPD began to move after generally peaceful rallies turned to chaos after some attendees started setting fires in the street

NEW YORK CITY: NYPD began to move after generally peaceful rallies turned to chaos after some attendees started setting fires in the street

NEW YORK CITY: A heap of rubbish was set on fire by unruly members of the crowd

NEW YORK CITY: A heap of rubbish was set on fire by unruly members of the crowd

NEW YORK CITY: Several protesters were arrested in the West Village after the demonstrations got out of hand

NEW YORK CITY: Several protesters were arrested in the West Village after the demonstrations got out of hand

NEW YORK CITY: A man is handcuffed away by officers late Wednesday

NEW YORK CITY: A man is handcuffed away by officers late Wednesday

NEW YORK CITY: Late Wednesday afternoon, several "Protect the Results" demonstrations held in cities across the country began to mobilize crowds on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue

NEW YORK CITY: Late Wednesday afternoon, multiple demonstrations in defense of the results held in cities across the country began to mobilize crowds of protesters on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters gather and march out of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue to protect US presidential election results and continue the ballot count

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters gather and march out of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue to protect US presidential election results and continue the ballot count

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters gather and march down Fifth Avenue from the New York Public Library to protect the US presidential election results and continue the November 4th ballot count

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters gather and march down Fifth Avenue from the New York Public Library to protect the US presidential election results and continue the November 4th ballot count

More than 50 people were arrested during the protests on Wednesday evening. Authorities also recovered several weapons, including knives, a stun gun and M80 explosives

More than 50 people were arrested during the protests on Wednesday evening. Authorities also recovered several weapons, including knives, a stun gun and M80 explosives

Authorities did not disclose whether the fires were lit by protesters, and not all participants who participated in Wednesday's rallies were part of the Protect the Results coalition.

A second group from the & # 39; Everybody Out & # 39; movement was among those who gathered in the chaos in Washington Square Park on Wednesday.

According to social media posts, the organization had planned a protest against one of the two governments and promised to gather every week until the inauguration day.

"No matter what happens on election day, we will meet this Wednesday and every Wednesday until January 20 until the fall of the regime," said the group's event flyer.

One participant also said police had been just as rough with some peaceful protesters, adding that he was hit in the head with a baton during a confrontation that broke out on Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street.

"This is the first time the cops have been as aggressive as they are," Charles Michie, 23, told the Wall Street Journal. "Tonight they started raving and using violent violence several times."

PORTLAND / SEATTLE

The post-election chaos extended to the west coast of Seattle and Portland, which have been plagued by night-time protests against racial injustice for five months since the police murder of George Floyd.

At around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office rioted after demonstrators were seen smashing windows in companies during a demonstration against Trump's court requests to stop voting in battlefield states.

All the rioting meetings were in the city center. We made 10 arrests, ”a Portland police spokesman told Reuters in an email.

In the interests of public safety, Governor Kate Brown activated the state national guard to help local law enforcement agencies deal with the riot, the sheriff's office said.

SEATTLE: A protester sets fire to an American flag during a demonstration in Seattle Wednesday

PORTLAND: Protests erupted in Portland, which has been marked by night-time protests against racial injustices for five months since the police murder of George Floyd. Pictured: A protester lights an American flag on fire during a demonstration on Wednesday

PORTLAND: The armed police and National Guard have been deployed to maintain order as the city of Oregon has been ravaged by civil unrest for many months

PORTLAND: The armed police and National Guard have been deployed to maintain order as the city of Oregon has been ravaged by civil unrest for many months

PORTLAND: A protester wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask is arrested by a number of officers on the last night of the clash in Portland

PORTLAND: A protester wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask is arrested by a number of officers on the last night of the clash in Portland

PORTLAND: Oregon Governor Kate Brown activated the National Guard to help local law enforcement (pictured) deal with the riot

PORTLAND: Oregon Governor Kate Brown activated the National Guard to help local law enforcement (pictured) deal with the riot

PORTLAND: Protesters marched down the street while holding signs in support of a full census and the BLM

PORTLAND: Protesters marched down the street while holding signs in support of a full census and the BLM

PORTLAND: On the last night of the riot, protesters lit a US flag as they demonstrated against police brutality and Donald Trump

PORTLAND: On the last night of the riot, protesters lit a US flag as they demonstrated against police brutality and Donald Trump

PORTLAND: National Guard soldiers help local police disperse anti-fascist protesters after the US presidential election

PORTLAND: National Guard soldiers help local police disperse anti-fascist protesters after the US presidential election

PORTLAND: Authorities launched a riot on Wednesday after protesters were seen breaking windows on businesses. Pictured: A woman walks over broken glass and past a broken shop window

PORTLAND: Authorities launched a riot on Wednesday after protesters were seen breaking windows on businesses. Pictured: A woman walks over broken glass and past a broken shop window

PORTLAND: Hundreds of people marched the streets of Portland the day after the election during a still undecided protest

PORTLAND: Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Portland the day after the election during a still undecided protest

Brown previously said she would keep state troops, sheriff deputies and police officers under a unified command in Portland until Friday to handle protests amid uncertainty over the presidential election winner.

The Oregon National Guard was on standby. Brown's order places law enforcement agencies under the joint command of the Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County's Sheriff's Department, which enables those agencies to use tear gas to quell rioting if necessary.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is also the police commissioner, banned the use of tear gas by Portland police in early fall after worries about an overly aggressive response to the riots.

On Wednesday, protesters held signs reading "Count Every Vote" and "Keeping Hope Alive".

PORTLAND: A man carries a gun as he walks during a march in support of the vote count in the undecided presidential contest

PORTLAND: A man carries a gun as he walks during a march in support of the vote count in the undecided presidential contest

SEATTLE: Socialism-Liberalism protesters hold signs reading "Stop Trump's suppression of racist voters" during a demonstration on Wednesday

SEATTLE: Socialism and Liberalist Party protesters hold signs reading "Stop Trump's suppression of racist voters" during a demonstration on Wednesday

Protesters gather in Seattle to vote on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Protesters gather in Seattle to vote on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Suzanne Thornton, 79, said she was motivated to take part in a protest for the first time over Trump's legal challenge.

“Our president seems to be doing such a big deal and we need to clarify what the vote count is for. He doesn't seem to understand, ”said Thornton.

"I don't have much patience with him because he's such a baby and I don't see how many people in this country see him as a leader."

Protesters in Seattle said they were also trying to ensure that the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice continued to be in the spotlight. Some carried signs saying "Stop Trump's Suppression of Racist Voters", "Black Lives Matter" and "Don't Steal the Election".

LOS ANGELES

In Los Angeles, the LAPD declared an illegal gathering on Wednesday during a protest on 5th Street and Hill Street.

Die Beamten befahlen den Demonstranten, sich zu zerstreuen, nachdem sie das Gebiet wegen einer "großen und widerspenstigen Menge" geschlossen hatten.

Insgesamt wurden drei Personen festgenommen, darunter zwei wegen Nichtstreuung und eine wegen Batterie eines Offiziers, berichtete Fox 11.

Die Behörden gaben die Art der Demonstration nicht an, Fotos zeigen jedoch, dass sich auch Demonstranten zu einer Kundgebung versammelt hatten, um eine vollständige Stimmenzahl zu unterstützen.

LOS ANGELES: In Downtown LA war eine starke Polizeipräsenz zu beobachten, da im ganzen Land weiterhin Stimmen gezählt werden

LOS ANGELES: In Downtown LA war eine starke Polizeipräsenz zu beobachten, da im ganzen Land weiterhin Stimmen gezählt werden

LOS ANGELES: Die Demonstranten marschierten nach den nicht schlüssigen Wahlen am Dienstag in die Innenstadt

LOS ANGELES: Demonstranten marschierten nach den nicht schlüssigen Wahlen am Dienstag in die Innenstadt

LOS ANGELES: Demonstranten versammelten sich, um zu fordern, dass jede Stimme gezählt wird, da das Wahlergebnis in der Schwebe liegt

LOS ANGELES: Demonstranten versammelten sich, um zu fordern, dass jede Stimme gezählt wird, da das Wahlergebnis in der Schwebe liegt

LOS ANGELES: Demonstranten halten ein Banner mit der Aufschrift "Wir sind nicht regierbar" hoch, als sie am Mittwoch durch die Straßen von LA marschierten

LOS ANGELES: Demonstranten halten ein Banner mit der Aufschrift "Wir sind nicht regierbar" hoch, als sie am Mittwoch durch die Straßen von LA marschierten

Es kam Stunden, nachdem die Abteilung ihren zweiten taktischen Alarm innerhalb von zwei Tagen ausgerufen hatte, als sie sich auf eine Welle von "Count Every Vote" -Märschen in der Stadt vorbereitete.

Der Aufruf sieht vor, dass alle Beamten ihren Dienst aufnehmen müssen, um „ausreichende Ressourcen bereitzustellen, um alle Vorfälle zu beheben, die infolge von Aktivitäten am Wahltag auftreten können“, sagte die Abteilung

DETROIT

Am Mittwoch zuvor versammelten sich etwa 100 Menschen zu einem interreligiösen Ereignis vor einem geplanten Marsch durch die Innenstadt von Detroit im Schlachtfeldstaat Michigan, um eine vollständige Stimmenzahl und einen so genannten friedlichen Machtwechsel zu fordern.

Zur gleichen Zeit kamen Dutzende von Trump-Anhängern in ein Wahllokal in der Stadt, um eine Unterbrechung der Stimmenzählung zu fordern.

Es kam, nachdem der Präsident ohne Beweise behauptete, dass Briefwahlzettel in Staaten wie Michigan den Gegner Joe Biden betrügerisch bevorzugt hatten.

Trump-Fans erschienen im TCF Center und riefen "Lass uns rein" und "Stoppt die Zählung".

Lokale Medien berichteten von lauten Szenen, als republikanische Schalter versuchten, das Gebäude zu betreten, und behaupteten, sie würden zu Unrecht ferngehalten – eine Behauptung, die von lokalen Demokraten abgelehnt wurde, die auch draußen gehalten wurden.

DETROIT: Demonstranten von beiden Seiten der politischen Kluft ließen ihre Wut und Frustration über den unentschlossenen Präsidentschaftswettbewerb aus. Der demokratische Herausforderer des Präsidenten, Joe Biden, näherte sich der magischen Zahl von 270 Wahlstimmen, die erforderlich waren, um das Weiße Haus mit mehreren noch im Spiel befindlichen Schlachtfeldstaaten zu gewinnen, als der amtierende Präsident Donald Trump die Stimmenzahl in Frage stellte

DETROIT: Demonstranten von beiden Seiten der politischen Kluft ließen ihre Wut und Frustration über den unentschlossenen Präsidentschaftswettbewerb aus. Der demokratische Herausforderer des Präsidenten, Joe Biden, näherte sich der magischen Zahl von 270 Wahlstimmen, die erforderlich waren, um das Weiße Haus mit mehreren noch im Spiel befindlichen Schlachtfeldstaaten zu gewinnen, als der amtierende Präsident Donald Trump die Stimmenzahl in Frage stellte

DETROIT: Pro-Präsident Donald Trump und Pro-Joe Biden-Demonstranten streiten sich vor dem TCF-Zentrum, da in Michigan weiterhin Stimmzettel gezählt werden

DETROIT: Pro-Präsident Donald Trump und Pro-Joe Biden-Demonstranten streiten sich vor dem TCF-Zentrum, da in Michigan weiterhin Stimmzettel gezählt werden

DETROIT: Die Polizei hat den Verkehr am Eingang zum zentralen Zählbrett gesperrt, wo die Stimmzettel bei den allgemeinen Wahlen in der Stadt im TCF-Zentrum gezählt werden

DETROIT: Die Polizei hat den Verkehr am Eingang zum zentralen Zählbrett gesperrt, wo die Stimmzettel bei den allgemeinen Wahlen in der Stadt im TCF-Zentrum gezählt werden

Zuvor hatte Trump sich selbst zum Sieger erklärt und sich geschworen, den Obersten Gerichtshof zu bitten, die nicht schlüssigen Wahlen abzuwägen.

Die republikanische Kampagne forderte die Beamten außerdem auf, die Zählung zu stoppen, und forderte Michigans demokratischen Staatssekretär, mehr Inspektoren zuzulassen, nachdem Biden als Sieger des Staates prognostiziert wurde.

The confrontation in Detroit started shortly before The Associated Press declared that former Vice President Joe Biden had won Michigan.

Video shot by local media showed angry people gathered outside the TCF Center and inside the lobby, with police officers lined up to keep them from entering the vote-counting area. They chanted, 'Stop the count!' and 'Stop the vote!'

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, insisted both parties and the public had been given access to the tallying 'using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately.'

Michigan has been on edge for months over fears of political violence. Anti-government protesters openly carried guns into the state Capitol during protests over coronavirus restrictions in the spring, and six men were arrested last month on charges of plotting to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

MINNEAPOLIS

Hundreds of people were arrested in Minneapolis on Wednesday night after an election protest that started off downtown ended up spilling onto a busy highway.

Protesters descended on Interstate 94 just before 8pm, blocking traffic and prompting police to shut down the freeway in both directions.

MINNEAPOLIS: Protesters marched through interstate 94 during a protest against racism and issues with the presidential election on Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS: Protesters marched through interstate 94 during a protest against racism and issues with the presidential election on Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS: Protesters descended on the highway just before 8pm, blocking traffic and prompting police to shut down the freeway in both directions

MINNEAPOLIS: Protesters descended on the highway just before 8pm, blocking traffic and prompting police to shut down the freeway in both directions

MINNEAPOLIS: Almost all 200 demonstrators were detained by Minneapolis Police and State Troopers. Pictured: People hold a 'Remove Trump Pence Now' sign during the protest

MINNEAPOLIS: Almost all 200 demonstrators were detained by Minneapolis Police and State Troopers. Pictured: People hold a 'Remove Trump Pence Now' sign during the protest

Almost all of the 200 participants were detained by Minneapolis Police and State Troopers after they were ordered to sit on the ground for two hours as they waited to be processed, the Star Tribune reported.

'Walking on the freeway is illegal and very dangerous for pedestrians and motorists. We respect the right of everyone to express themselves under the First Amendment, but the freeway is not a place to do that,' the Minnesota State Patrol said in a statement.

The event had reportedly been planned even before Election Day, according to the Star Tribune.

CHICAGO

In Chicago, protesters demanding a complete count marched through downtown and along a street across the river from Trump Tower.

A crowd of about 100 people marched through the city's Loop north on Michigan Avenue while toting a banner reading 'count every vote'.

Demonstrators were met with a heavy police presence however the march remained largely peaceful.

CHICAGO: In Chicago, protesters demanding a complete count marched through downtown and along a street across the river from Trump Tower

CHICAGO: In Chicago, protesters demanding a complete count marched through downtown and along a street across the river from Trump Tower

CHICAGO: Demonstrator Brittany Bysina holds a sign as demonstrators march through the Loop

CHICAGO: Demonstrator Brittany Bysina holds a sign as demonstrators march through the Loop

PHILADELPHIA

Similar scenes unfolded in Philadelphia, where crowds marched past Independence Hall as they called for a fair count in the still-undecided contest.

Peaceful protests had descended into chaos by nightfall, when police began moving on crowds and carrying out several arrests

Peaceful protests had descended into chaos by nightfall, when police began moving on crowds and carrying out several arrests

Election protesters and activists rallied on the streets as police officers were out in force

Election protesters and activists rallied on the streets as police officers were out in force

The Protect the Results coalition, encompassing dozens of groups from Planned Parenthood to Republicans for the Rule of Law, had said it was organizing a day of mass protests in 500 cities.

But those plans were put on hold late in the day.

Footage also showed officers employing heavy-handed crowd control tactics including kettling, by closing in on large groups before carrying out several arrests.

More than 50 people were arrested in Wednesday night's protests, where authorities also recovered several weapons including knives, a stun gun, and M80 explosives, the NYPD said.

'We appreciate and value the importance of freedom of speech. Our top priority is and always will be safety. We have arrested more than 20 individuals who attempted to hijack a peaceful protest by lighting fires, throwing garbage and eggs in Manhattan,' the department said in a statement.

Clashes broke out between protesters and cops, prompting at least four arrests on Wednesday evening

Clashes broke out between protesters and cops, prompting at least four arrests on Wednesday evening

Authorities did not specify whether the fires had been lit by protesters and not all participants involved in Wednesday's rallies were part of the Protect the Results coalition.

A second group from the 'Everybody Out' movement were among those who gathered at Washington Square Park amid the chaos on Wednesday.

According to social media posts, the organization had planned a protest against either administration and vowed to rally every week until inauguration day.

'No matter what goes down on Election Day, we will gather this Wednesday and every Weds until January 20 until the fall of the regime,' the group's event flyer read.

One participant also said cops had been just as rough with some peaceful protesters adding that he was hit in the head with a baton during a confrontation that broke out on Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street.

'This is the first time the cops have been as aggressive as they were,' Charles Michie, 23, told the Wall Street Journal. 'Several times tonight they just started to swarm and started to use violent force.'

Police and participants in a rally in Washington Square Park demanding a fair count of the votes after the 2020 general elections on Wednesday evening

Police and participants in a rally in Washington Square Park demanding a fair count of the votes after the 2020 general elections on Wednesday evening

Demonstrations were also seen in a few other U.S. cities on Wednesday night as activists demanding that vote counts proceed unimpeded rallied in several cities, including Portland, Atlanta, Detroit, and Oakland.

Earlier on Wednesday, about 100 people gathered for an interfaith event before a planned march through downtown Detroit, in the battleground state of Michigan, to demand a full vote count and what they called a peaceful transition of power.

The post-election mayhem extended to west coast in Seattle and Portland which has already been roiled by five months of near-nightly racial injustice protests since the police killing of George Floyd.

On Wednesday, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office declared a riot around 7pm after protesters were seen smashing windows at businesses during a demonstration against Trump's court challenges to stop the vote count in battleground states.

'All of the gatherings that were declared riots were downtown. We have made 10 arrests', a Portland Police spokesman told Reuters in an emailed statement.

In Los Angeles, the LAPD declared an unlawful assembly during a protest on Wednesday in the area of 5th and Hill Street.

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