Officers injured during altercation with protesters on Brooklyn Bridge honored
The officers who were injured after protesters engaged in a violent altercation on the Brooklyn Bridge last week were honored Thursday.
One by one the officers were recognized, including Chief of Department Terence Monahan.
Last Wednesday, a Jericho march was organized by the United Clergy Coalition. "We needed to come together collectively as one body and one voice to say that Jesus was the answer. We were not against police, we were against police brutality,” said UCC Bishop Ismael Claudo.
However, they say that when they made their way to the Brooklyn Bridge, they were met by another group.
"Those weren't protesters. They could care less about the Black Lives Matter movement. They could care less about our communities in the city of New York. They cared only about chaos,” said Monahan.
The clergy members say they’re grateful for the officers' actions.
Lt. Richard Mack was one of the officers who were hurt. He has 25 years in and is also a volunteer for POPPA, an organization that aims to prevent police suicides.
"Last year there was a rash of suicides and my biggest concern is that that might continue after all this,” said Mack.
He says now more than ever they need support despite his injury.
"I was born and raised in this city. There's nothing else in the world I ever wanted to do. The most important thing in the world for me is standing next to my brothers and sisters in blue,” said Mack.