A 29-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with the assault on two NYPD lieutenants on the Brooklyn Bridge, the department said.

Eric Linsker, of Pacific Street in Brooklyn, faces two counts of robbery, two counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of riot, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of reckless endangerments and two counts of obstructing governmental administration, a police spokeswoman said. He also faces unlawful possession of marijuana, the spokeswoman said.

He was arrested at 3:45 a.m. Sunday. Arraignment information was not immediately available.

The lieutenants were hospitalized Saturday night, one with a broken nose.

The two lieutenants were on the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge about 8 p.m. when they heard reports of "debris being thrown on the walkway" at police officers who were walking alongside demonstrators involved in Saturday's New York City rally against police shootings of unarmed black men, said NYPD Chief of Department James P. O'Neill.

The lieutenants, assigned to the Legal Bureau, saw "a male attempting to throw a garbage can at the cops on the roadway," he said. The lieutenants tried to arrest the man, but "numerous protesters intervened and prevented the arrest."

Several people then began assaulting the officers, said Deputy Commissioner John Miller. The lieutenants were "knocked to the ground, kicked by various people, kicked in the face and in the head, while the group attempted to steal their portable radios and tear away their jackets."

In a statement Saturday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the Brooklyn Bridge incident "marks an ugly and unacceptable departure from the demonstrations thus far. Let us be clear: there is no place whatsoever for violence of any kind, whether against the police or against our fellow citizens, in New York City."


With Mackenzie Rigg