New York Daily News

Updated July 20, 2016, 3:34 PM

  

 

Protesters cuffed at NYPD union that they say protects killer cops who target black people; union head rejects criticism

BY LAUREN KLOSE, GINGER ADAMS OTIS, GRAHAM RAYMAN

Protesters chant in front of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association's offices Wednesday. (REECE T. WILLIAMS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The groups said they want to "defund" the PBA because it "protects and defends" cops who kill black people, according to a spokesman. One protester called the PBA a “fake a-- union.”

The PBA is funded by members’ dues.

They also demanded the NYPD fire Officer Wayne Isaacs, who shot and killed Delrawn Small in Brooklyn on July 4 during a road rage confrontation.

The protesters carried signs which read, “PBA protects killer cops” and “Stop cops, fund black futures.”

Police remove Bryant Brown's chains after he chained himself to the entrance turnstiles inside the PBA's offices on Wednesday. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

PBA President Patrick Lynch said their anger is misplaced.

“City Hall makes policy,” he said. “The police officers and the PBA don't make policy. They should be protesting outside of City Hall. They should be supporting the police officers, who are out here protecting their right to protest.”

“Once you step on to private property, you have violated the law and police officers are obligated to arrest you,” he added.

Lynch said he had no plans to speak with the protesters.

Demonstrators called for the PBA to be “defunded.” (REGGIE LEWIS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Roughly 30 employees of the American Civil Liberties Union, including some lawyers, came to the lobby and joined the protesters in chanting.

Organizers said the protest will be followed by a “national day of action” Thursday.

"New York has a very strong activist community that supports people when they take action,” said Amity Paye, a member of the Black Youth Project 100.