Derrick Ingram, the leader of the activist group, Warriors in the Garden, was facing serious allegations. The 28-year-old was accused of injuring a New York City police officer using a megaphone in the cop’s ear. Because the volume of the device was so loud, the cop claimed that she was injured. But on Saturday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance reduced the charges against Ingram from a felony to misdemeanor assault – much to the outrage of Blue Lives Matter protestors.
Ingram allegedly shouted in the ear of a female police officer using a loudspeaker device on June 14, 2020. The police officer was rushed off the streets and into a medical clinic where they diagnosed her with temporary hearing damage.
On Friday, Ingram and fellow protestors were successful in scaring off the arresting police officers when they appeared at his home on Friday. After a standoff with police that lasted for hours, the cops backed away without acting violently toward the angry crowd. Ingram surrendered to the police hours later on his terms.
Although the DA’s office has not explained why they reduced the charges, it is clear that they came from Vance personally. Because the charges were reduced, Ingram was released from jail on Saturday without needing to post bail.
New York City Patrolman’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch was outraged that the DA favored the Black Lives Matter protestor over the NYPD officer.
“Is there any doubt who is in charge of this city now? The criminal mob is dictating their terms to the NYPD brass and district attorneys, who are tripping over themselves to comply,” Lynch said in his benevolent statement. “Police officers want to know: What are we still doing out here? Why are our leaders sending us out to enforce laws they don’t believe in? And what are we supposed to tell New Yorkers who are watching us retreat while violence overwhelms their streets?”
On Friday, New York Police Officer donned riot gear as they arrived at Ingram’s residence to arrest him. Ingram’s supporters did not allow the cops to enter his home because they did not have a warrant to do so.
“What did I do? What did I do?” Ingram said on the Livestream. “I was born Black; that’s what I did.”