Violence Against Police Seen Across the Country Amid Protests

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An NYPD officer attacked by several men and a sergeant seriously injured after being hit by a car, where a disturbing video shows him being mowed down while responding to reports of looting, both happened in the Bronx, New York.  

But attacks against police are happening nationwide after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

In Buffalo, New York, an SUV drove right into police, who were lined up in front of their headquarters after a day of peaceful protests turned violent.

And in St. Louis, police say some 200 people started looting, hurling fireworks and pouring gas on officers. Then someone started shooting, and at least four officers were shot.

“The incredible levels of violence that we saw last night are remarkable and should be unsettling to everyone that calls this place home,” Sargent Ben Granda of the St. Louis Police Department. 

A police officer was also shot in Las Vegas and taken to the hospital in grave condition.

“Our officers were taking rocks and bottles from the crowd,” Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo. “Officers were attempting to get some of the protesters in custody when a shot rang out and our officer went down.” 

Protests continue to rage through cities across the country as looters took over after hours. 

A video the NYPD has released shows a cell phone store in Manhattan being burglarized.  When police tried to block the suspects as they left the store, an officer was struck by the getaway car.

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out about the violence against police.

“A police officer was hit by a car yesterday. It appears to be quite purposeful,” he said. “That’s unacceptable. Police officers shot at, unacceptable. That does not move us forward. Anyone who does that is a criminal, not a protester. An attack on a police officer is an attack on all of us.”

Meanwhile, in Fort Worth, Texas, Police Chief Ed Kraus and his assistant chief walked into a crowd of protesters who were out past the city’s curfew. But instead of arresting them, they knelt down and prayed with them.

“I hope that they the people hear, see our hearts,” Kraus said. “We certainly saw their hearts and that they were hurting.