The NYPD has arrested Crown Heights resident Rob Murray, who works for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for his participation in last week’s attack on two police lieutenants during a march protesting police treatment of black men. Murray is believed to be the person who broke the nose of one of the officers while attempting to free CUNY Professor Eric Linsker from police custody.
According to The New York Post, Murray draws a six figure salary from the SEIU. The Post reported:
The former Occupy Wall Street protester was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, inciting riots and obstructing governmental administration.
The police believe the SEIU employee is one of “seven suspects who ganged up on two lieutenants as they tried to arrest CUNY Professor Eric Linsker for tossing heavy, metal garbage cans at other officers on the bridge.”
“His acts of violence are right up there with being among the most aggressive acts,” NYPD Deputy Chief William Aubry said at press conference Thursday evening.
A video taken on the bridge [above] shows Murray in the middle of the ambush on Lt. Patrick Sullivan and Lt. Philip Chan as they struggle to arrest Linsker.
First he attempted to take one cop down, pulling him to the ground as the protesters scramble to separate Linsker from the officers.
Murray then pulled his hood off and hovered near the edges of the skirmish before walking away from the mob scene — apparently thinking Linsker had shaken off the cops.
But looking back, he noticed they nabbed him again and pulled his hoodie back over his head before diving back in the fray.
He threw a punch at Chan, who stumbled backward and then tried to grab him, Aubry said.
Murray then beats him back with another blow to the head.
“There’s a witness who said he hit him so hard that he heard the fist hitting his face,” Aubry said.
Chan broke his nose during the skirmish, police sources added.
Murray is a regular at political protests — and he was arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention in the Big Apple.
“To sucker-punch a cop in the face, he’s just a coward,” said Lou Turco, president of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, who also called for Murray to be fired.
The SEIU has placed Rob Murray on unpaid leave despite the fact that the union has a history of violent acts during protests. For example, after a 2009 town hall meeting in St. Louis where people argued against the health care bill, SEIU thugs beat Kenneth Gladney so severely he was sent to the hospital and spent some time in a wheelchair.