The confrontation began at about 8:30 p.m. after hundreds of protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in a demonstration honoring Martin Luther King Jr., according to social media posts.
Once the protesters made their way into Manhattan, they were met with a heavy police presence, online footage shows.In one video posted to Twitter, police can be seen charging towards and pushing several protesters.
“F–k you,” some in the crowd can be heard yelling at the police. “You f—ing animals,” other people say, according to the video.
Six police officers were injured in the melee, sources said. Over 25 people accused of blocking traffic were arrested near Chambers and Center streets.