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Video shows crowd toss bottles at police in Harlem after officers respond to reports of shots fired

Crowd throws bottles at NYPD vehicle
Posted at 10:40 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 05:32:04-04

HARLEM, Manhattan — A group of people tossed glass bottles at police and NYPD vehicles that were in Harlem responding to reports of shots fired early Sunday, officials said.

About 500 people were out on Seventh Avenue near West 133rd Street around 3:45 a.m. when police arrived, an NYPD spokeswoman said. Officers found several shell casings and two bullets in the area.

People threw bottles at police when officers tried to disperse the crowd, officials said. When more officers arrived, the crowd threw more bottles and debris.

It wasn't until around 6:20 a.m. that the crowd dispersed.

Instagram user @bagluck_, who captured some of the incident on video, said it wasn't a protest.

"This was a gathering with good vibes not a single argument on that corner for over 12 hours," @bagluck_ wrote on Instagram.

The Police Benevolent Association also weighed in on Twitter.

"This is what a 'light touch' looks like: Police officers responding to a shots fired job in Harlem last night were met with this," the PBA tweeted. "@NYCMayor, @NYCSpeakerCojo and company should be held responsible for surrendering our city."

No officers were injured and police did not find any shooting victims, despite the presence of bullets and shell casings in the area.

Police have asked for help identifying the people who threw bottles.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).