Officers from the New York Police Department use a buzz saw to separate protesters who have been entangled in the city’s streets.
On a Manhattan street, officers from the New York Police Department were observed using a buzz saw to separate demonstrators who had tied their hands together.
Officers were seen handing around a circular saw and using it to disconnect protesters before arresting them during a Wednesday Public Power protest.
While staging a sit-in on the street, a group of activists joined hands and encased their limbs in PVC pipes so that their hands were hidden from view. It looks that cops used a saw to cut the pipe open in order to separate the demonstrators.
Because there were no emergency medical services or ambulances on the scene at the time, some onlookers were concerned that police acted rapidly to use the power tool.
However, according to freelance photojournalist Scott Heins, who was present at the demonstration, all participants were detained without any injuries.
Today, our comrades are risking their lives for #PublicPower and to urge Albany to pass the NY Build Public Renewables Act photo.
— June 2, 2021, Public Power NY (@publicpowerny)
The NYPD is attempting to remove @nycDSA protesters with a saw. There are no EMS or ambulances on the scene. This is extremely risky; one slip could result in death. Twitter: https://twitter.com/IdeJvdpfvv
June 2, 2021 — Scott Heins (@scottheins)
Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of City Hall Park in Manhattan on Wednesday morning.
The event, organized by a coalition of environmental and democratic socialist organizations, urged state legislators to endorse the New York Build Public Renewables Act, which would make the quasi-public New York Power Authority a stronger player in renewable energy.
By 2025, the legislation seeks to have all public properties run entirely on renewable energy, and the New York Public Authority will be allowed to offer low-cost energy directly to citizens.
“By 2040, New York City has the potential to become 100 percent renewable, halting the pollution and poisoning of Black and brown communities while also creating up to 51,000 new jobs. All without raising taxes a penny, and all by June 10th, 2021,” according to Public Power NY’s website.
The @NYCDSA Ecosoc public power rally will be accompanied by a police buzzsaw (??). This is a condensed version of the information.