BLM Supporter Yells Racial Slurs at Black NYPD Officers

Protesters in New York City forming part of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement were captured shouting racial slurs and expletives at Black female officers from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) walking along the street, according to a video shared on social media.

"NYC: BLM protesters began to degrade Black female NYPD officers and call them racial slurs," according to a video shared in a post on Twitter by Drew Hernandez, the host, investigative reporter and producer for the web show Lives Matter.

One protester in the video shouted: "Hurry up, get on that f*****g sidewalk, get your dumb a** on that sidewalk, stupid n***as," according to the video.

Another protester was heard saying: "Why ya'll in the streets?," while walking up close to some of the officers.

The latest incident comes amid rising tension in the lead up to the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday.

Patrisse Cullors, one of three BLM co-founders, told the Associated Press: "We're a very young organization with a whole lot of visibility in a really short amount of time."

It would be "false," Cullors noted, "for anyone to put it on us solely around what happens in this election cycle."

NYC: BLM protesters began to degrade black female NYPD officers and call them racial slurs pic.twitter.com/jEaFtYS0cf

— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) November 1, 2020

Recent months have seen clashes between BLM protesters and supporters of President Donald Trump, who previously called a Black Lives Matter slogan painted on Fifth Avenue in New York City a "symbol of hate," on Twitter earlier this year.

"NYC is cutting Police $'s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York's Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the...," Trump said in a Tweet back in July.

"....horrible BLM chant, 'Pigs In A Blanket, Fry 'Em Like Bacon'. Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won't let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York's greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!," the president added in the Tweet.

While many BLM protesters have formed a united front against ousting Trump out of office in the upcoming election, neither the president nor Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have pledged to reduce police budgets in local communities.

Biden plans to "reinvigorate community-oriented policing" with a $300 million investment to boost the existing Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which he spearheaded, according to Biden's campaign website.

"Policing works best when officers are out of their cruisers and walking the streets, engaging with and getting to know members of their communities. But in order to do that, police departments need resources to hire a sufficient number of officers.

"As a condition of the grant, hiring of police officers must mirror the racial diversity of the community they serve. Additionally, as president, Biden will establish a panel to scrutinize what equipment is used by law enforcement in our communities," the campaign noted.

According to the budget plan of the U.S. Department of Justice for fiscal year 2021, the Trump administration requested $1.51 billion for more than 50 programs funding state and local law enforcement.

The BLM movement, which began in 2013 following outrage over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Black teenager in Miami, was reignited this year after the killing of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old Black man, died in May during an arrest made by the Minneapolis Police Department after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, held Floyd to the ground with a knee to his neck for nearly eight minutes.

Floyd's death led to the arrest of the four officers involved in the incident, including Chauvin, who is facing murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Floyd. Chauvin was released from custody last month after posting bond.

NYPD officers arrest protester November 2020
New York City police officers detain people during a protest against the Far Right on November 1 in New York City. A Black Lives Matter protester in New York City was captured yelling racial slurs at Black female officers in a video shared on social media. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images