Protestors in New York City last night appeared to be briefly boxed in on the Manhattan Bridge, with police waiting on either end — but officers eventually allowed them to walk off and leave the area.
Several posts on social media indicated the protestors had been “trapped,” including a post from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez that it was “dangerous” and the she was heading to the scene.
The protesters on the bridge had splintered off from a larger group that had been demonstrating in Brooklyn earlier in the day, according to CNN correspondent Jason Carroll, who reported from the scene. The splinter group tried to make their way to Manhattan when they were stopped on the bridge.
Carroll reported that police officers around the bridge were seen waiting on both ends, some with white zip ties used to detain protesters.
Later, Carroll reported that police allowed the boxed-in protesters walk away and leave the area. The demonstrators were seen slowly walk off, back to the Brooklyn side, as police stood to the side.
"We haven't seen them make arrests or taking folks into custody, allowing those on the bridge to make their way off the bridge," Carroll said.
What the Mayor's office says: Later, the Communications Director for Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that only the Manhattan side of the bridge was ever closed.
“Clarification on what unfolded here. Police presence on both sides of the bridge, but only the Manhattan side was ever blocked off,” Wiley Norvell tweeted. “After attempting to cross into Manhattan but halted by police on that side, the group ultimately dispersed back over to Brooklyn where they are now.”