ENGLISH PROF ARRESTED at NY Protest: Charged w/ Assault on Police, Rioting – Had Backpack Full of Hammers
Linsker was charged with second degree assault and starting a riot. Police also found pot on Linsker when he was arrested.
Police say the professor started a riot.
The professor is a published poet.
CBS Local reported:
A Brooklyn man has been charged in connection with the assault of two police officers during a protest Saturday night on the Brooklyn Bridge, police said.
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, reports CBS New York.
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, part of the City University of New York.
The English professor was carrying a bag full of hammers.
Police evidence (SLive)
The published poet also had a backpack full of hammers but his lawyer said there is no way to prove that the bag belonged to Linsker.
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