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Sixth Protester Arrested for Brooklyn Bridge Brawl With Officers

By Rachel Holliday Smith | January 2, 2015 2:18pm | Updated on January 3, 2015 10:36am
 Police are looking for three men and three women who they say attacked two legal affairs officers while they attempted to arrest Eric Linsker on the Brooklyn Bridge while he tried to throw a trash bin from the pedestrian path onto the roadway during Saturday's Eric Garner protest on Dec. 13, 2014. 
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PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — A Brooklyn man has been arrested and charged in the assault of two police lieutenants on the Brooklyn Bridge during protests of the Eric Garner decision last month, the sixth arrest since the Dec. 13 incident.

Jarrod Shanahan, 29, has been charged with resisting arrest and one count of assault for his involvement in the melee between protesters and two NYPD lieutenants that left one officer with a broken nose, police said Thursday.

Shanahan lives with a second protester, Cindy Gorn, 29, who turned herself in to police two weeks ago after the NYPD released her photo among several of those involved in the brawl.

At their building on Parkside Avenue in Brooklyn on Friday, Gorn would not comment on the incident, saying only that “prison is very unpleasant” and “a lot of people are locked up for nothing.”

“You can just see how people’s lives get destroyed by the criminal justice system,” she said. She faces two misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest and obstructing government administration, according to court documents.

Two other protesters have turned themselves in since the incident, including Zachary Campbell, 32, and Robert Murray, 43, both of Crown Heights.

A fifth protester, 36-year-old Maria Garcia of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, was arrested on Dec. 19, court documents show. Police said she pried the two lieutenants off a sixth protester, CUNY professor Eric Linsker, who was arrested a day after the skirmish and charged with five counts including assaulting a police office, inciting a riot and marijuana possession.

Linsker, who taught an English class at Queens College, has been relieved of his teaching duties and re-assigned to “academic support functions” there, according to a statement made Wednesday by the college president, Felix Matos Rodriguez.

“Mr. Linsker's status as a part-time lecturer will be reevaluated following the disposition of the criminal charges against him,” Rodriguez wrote.

Linkser is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Baruch College. An inquiry made to the college was not immediately returned.