Three New York City fur-sellers threw bleach and ammonia from a roof onto the animal rights activists who had gathered below, police have said and this video shows. Lawrence Andrews, Luis Justino and David Haber have been charged with reckless endangerment, harassment and criminal mischief.
Prosecutors said that the three men went to the top of a six-story Manhattan building and poured bleach at an anti-fur protest that was taking place on the street below. “You bleached a baby!”, one person is heard yelling in the video of the incident. Several passers-by were also hit by the chemicals. Animal rights activist Robert Banks told DNAinfo New York:
It was definitely crazy. All of a sudden gallons of bleach come crashing down — we saw a baby get hit, and it got on a lot of their furs, too.
Fortunately, the child was unharmed, according to several reports. Police have said that two of the men were arrested inside the building with garbage bags reeking of cleaning fluid. One of them told the officers that he was told to “go onto the roof and throw bleach and ammonia at protesters”, according to CBS New York.
The men were released and told to appear in court on January 26. Gregory Gomez, an attorney for Luis Justino, said that his client denies any involvement in the incident and the allegations are unproven. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Video shows a dad and his toddler running from a rain of bleach as as fur sellers pour the chemical agent from a New York City rooftop to disperse a group of animal rights activists.
2. A number of other passersby were also struck by the toxic chemicals.
3. Video caught by animal rights activists shows as police nab two of the men accused of pouring bleach onto protesters.
David Haber, who was also arrested, suspects a set-up behind the charges. He told CBS New York:
Why would we throw bleach on our own merchandise, on our own vendor, and on innocent people in the street?
Animal rights activist Robert Banks responds that such charges ludicrous. He told CBS New York:
It’s pretty obvious who the troublemakers are. We were just kind of looking at the cameras hoping that someone got it on camera. Luckily for us they did, because they could have blamed it on us.
At least one of the protesters was also arrested, on misdemeanor charges, after a fur vendor reported being assaulted, CBS New York reported.
4. The men argue with a cop in the aftermath of the bleach-pouring incident.
5. Activists say this man was one of the three people behind the bleach pouring that struck a toddler and several passers-by.
And here are the videos of the incident:
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