NYPD arrests protesting public university poetry prof

The New York Post reports that Eric Linsker, who teaches poetry at City University of New York and is 29 years old, was arrested Saturday during anti-police demonstrations in New York City,

… for allegedly attacking two NYPD lieutenants who tried to stop him from tossing a garbage can on cops from an elevated Brooklyn Bridge walkway.

Eric Linsker, 29, of Brooklyn allegedly brought a backpack holding three hammers and a black ski mask to the massive anti-cop march that turned violent around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Linsker and the other protesters ran away after kicking and punching the two cops — one of whom suffered a broken nose — but he was tracked down through evidence found in his bag, which had been left behind, sources said.

It is hard to think of a good explanation for bringing a ski mask and hammers to a demonstration that does not involve disguise and violence.  And there is precedent for exactly those items being used criminally, as in Berkeley, when a nonviolent protester attempt to stop others from trashing a store:

Linsker, the Post reports, is a Harvard grad and is studying at Columbia Teachers College, adding an Ivy League pedigree to his alleged thuggery.  His lawyer avers:

“Eric merely picked up a garbage can, and when told by police to put it down he complied,” Stolar said.

Why does someone pick up a garbage can?  The report indicates he was standing on a elevated walkway.  So why would he pick up a large and heavy object?  Did it have anything to do with having a ski mask?

His poetry, according to his apartment roommate, has become more political of late:

In a rambling, profanity-laced poem published online by adult-mag.com, Linsker wrote: “F–k the police/To rise as you/Disappear below current/Interpretations of observations/F–k the police.”

A charming fellow on the public payroll.  He is out on personal recognizance, despite the prosecutors' asking for $25,000 bail.

The New York Post reports that Eric Linsker, who teaches poetry at City University of New York and is 29 years old, was arrested Saturday during anti-police demonstrations in New York City,

… for allegedly attacking two NYPD lieutenants who tried to stop him from tossing a garbage can on cops from an elevated Brooklyn Bridge walkway.

Eric Linsker, 29, of Brooklyn allegedly brought a backpack holding three hammers and a black ski mask to the massive anti-cop march that turned violent around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Linsker and the other protesters ran away after kicking and punching the two cops — one of whom suffered a broken nose — but he was tracked down through evidence found in his bag, which had been left behind, sources said.

It is hard to think of a good explanation for bringing a ski mask and hammers to a demonstration that does not involve disguise and violence.  And there is precedent for exactly those items being used criminally, as in Berkeley, when a nonviolent protester attempt to stop others from trashing a store:

Linsker, the Post reports, is a Harvard grad and is studying at Columbia Teachers College, adding an Ivy League pedigree to his alleged thuggery.  His lawyer avers:

“Eric merely picked up a garbage can, and when told by police to put it down he complied,” Stolar said.

Why does someone pick up a garbage can?  The report indicates he was standing on a elevated walkway.  So why would he pick up a large and heavy object?  Did it have anything to do with having a ski mask?

His poetry, according to his apartment roommate, has become more political of late:

In a rambling, profanity-laced poem published online by adult-mag.com, Linsker wrote: “F–k the police/To rise as you/Disappear below current/Interpretations of observations/F–k the police.”

A charming fellow on the public payroll.  He is out on personal recognizance, despite the prosecutors' asking for $25,000 bail.