More than one type of blood spilled as a result of Ferguson-fueled unrest.
Commissioner Bill Bratton of the New York Police Department (NYPD) was splattered with fake blood on Monday evening while attending a protest against police brutality.
Thousands of New Yorkers gathered on Monday night in Manhattan to protest a grand jury’s decision in St. Louis not to indict Darren Wilson, a police officer who in August shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
Hundreds gathered first at Union Square before marching northward to Times Square, occasionally breaking through police barricades.
While marching, the NYC protesters chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot,” the now-famous rallying cry at demonstrations in Ferguson, where riots and gunfire simultaneously broke out after the grand jury’s decision was made public.
The identity of the individual who targeted the NYPD Commissioner is unknown, but at some point during the march, Bill Bratton was apparently sprayed with a red liquid—purportedly intended to symbolize blood—prompting fellow officers to quickly remove him from the crowd. According to eyewitness reports via Twitter, the person was taken into custody.
Several photographs and a short Instagram video of the incident was shared by protesters and press over Twitter:
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) November 25, 2014