NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was "wrong" for a woman to be taken into NYPD custody Tuesday night at a protest and be tossed into an unmarked grey van, instead of a marked vehicle.
"I think it was the wrong time and the wrong place to effectuate that arrest," de Blasio said at his briefing Wednesday, "The arrest as I understand it was for damaging police property. No one is allowed to damage police property. My message to everyone is if you're out there protesting, protest peacefully."
De Blasio defended the officers, though, saying, "I don’t think this is about the officers. The officers, members of the warrant squad going and arresting someone who has an outstanding warrant is actually their job. I think the question is higher up. This is a question of making sure there’s coordination to understand we’re in a particular historical moment where there has to be sensitivity. Where folks are understandably worried about what they see coming out of Washington, about the defense of democratic rights."
The mayor also said he still is reserving judgement until he thorougly views the video.
"In this particular case, we should certainly review it," he said. "And we want to make sure our folks see the video you’re seeing. And if there’s something that’s not accurate, we need to correct it. But I don’t have the details on that."
The incident took place at 2nd Avenue and East 25th Street in Kips Bay
Videos posted to Twitter and Instagram shows officers struggling to hold the woman, and struggling to get her inside the unmarked vehicle.
Police said the woman, identified as 18-year-old Nikki Stone, was wanted for five criminal incidents in Lower Manhattan.
She was charged with vandalism and criminal mischief and released on a desk appearance ticket around 2 a.m.
Elected leaders expressed concern about the arrest on social media.
"Concerned about what we are seeing in this video," Public Advocate Jumaane Williams tweeted. "Reaching to try and get some answers."
Comptroller Scott Stringer tweeted, "I’m deeply concerned by the videos circulating of a protester being thrown into an unmarked van. We need answers immediately."
The NYPD, however, defended the use of an unmarked vehicle during the apprehension of suspects, tweeting "the Warrant Squad uses unmarked vehicles to effectively locate wanted suspects."
"In regard to a video on social media that took place at 2 Ave & 25 St, a woman taken into custody in an unmarked van was wanted for damaging police cameras during 5 separate criminal incidents in & around City Hall Park," the NYPD tweeted. "The arresting officers were assaulted with rocks & bottles."
"When officers from the Warrant Squad took the woman into custody in a gray NYPD minivan this evening, they were assaulted with rocks and bottles ... When she was placed into the Warrant Squad's unmarked gray minivan, it was behind a cordon of NYPD bicycle cops in bright yellow and blue uniform shirts there to help effect the arrest."
The NYPD said at least seven officers were injured during the confrontation.