Justin Burgos Bio, Wiki
Justin Burgos is an 18-year-old son of a retired NYPD deputy inspector who has been arrested for allegedly driving his BMW through a group of protesters this week in the West Village, leaving a teenager injured. Burgos of Staten Island was driving in the area about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 21s when he honked at the protesters, who were blocking the corner of Bleecker Street and West 10th Street with bicycles as he tried to pass them, police said. He was freed without bail at arraignment Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court.
As the demonstrators surrounded his Beemer, Burgos accelerated through the crowd, striking an 18-year-old, who suffered an injury to his right knee, cops said. The injured teen was treated by EMS at the scene.
The protesters were demonstrating near the Sixth Precinct stationhouse, demanding that Sgt. Joseph Cuervo be fired for allegedly assaulting a gay Black man back in 2013.
Video from the scene shared on social media shows the BMW driver honking his horn as he tries to barrel through the blockade. When a bike falls under the BMW’s front wheel, a cop pulls it away as protesters begin to encircle the car.
The Incident was Captured on Video
Several people shot video of the incident, including photographer Leeroy Johnson, who wrote on Twitter that the car almost struck an officer.
— Leeroy Johnson (@LeeroyPress) July 22, 2021
One Twitter User @AshAgony posted a video and wrote: “Protesters ran after the car & then cops ran after them & the car.” The driver was stopped nearby at Grove Street and West 6th Street, police said.
“Someone just ran their car into #FireCuervo protesters right outside of NYPD’s 6th precinct,” wrote Twitter user @AshAgony, who posted the video. “NYPD came & ripped a protester’s bike out of the car’s way before the car went through & hit protesters as it sped off. Protesters ran after the car & then cops ran after them & the car.”
Burgos, of Rossville, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with an injury, reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle. He also was slapped with a windshield violation.