A protest wound through the Upper West Side around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, calling out Black Lives Matter chants.
“They were playing messages over a bull horn and DJ noises, amplified, saying ‘Get hype, get ready, we’re hyped, we’re ready,'” wrote one reader who was awoken by the chants on 73rd Street around 2 a.m. in an email to West Side Rag. She said the amplified sound was startling, because most Black Lives Matter haven’t used amplification.
A protester told Rag reporter Joy Bergmann that they’d been marching all day, all over the city. About 6 police officers on motorcycles plus two units trailed them from a block away.
In addition — and potentially completely unrelated — a police cruiser was found burned and otherwise damaged on West 83rd Street between Columbus and CPW near the 20th precinct. Investigators called the fire suspicious, according to ABC News. “They say the front driver’s side window was broken, and there is evidence an accelerant was used,” ABC reported. “No one was in the cruiser at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.”
We’ve reached out to the 20th precinct for more information.