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Outrage after NYPD hustles protester into unmarked van

Posted at 10:23 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 10:23:08-04

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department’s use of plainclothes officers and an unmarked minivan to haul away a vandalism suspect during a protest Tuesday created confusion and drew online outrage from people who compared it to tactics used by federal agents in Portland, Oregon.

Bystander video of 18-year-old Nikki Stone’s arrest spread quickly on social media, along with comments such as “nypd is out here KIDNAPPING protesters.”

The NYPD says Stone was picked up by a warrant squad for allegedly damaging several surveillance cameras.

The department said that squad typically uses unmarked vehicles to surprise wanted suspects.