De Blasio slams ‘unacceptable’ NYC protests in wake of Philadelphia shooting

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday called the violent protests that erupted in the Big Apple in response to the Philadelphia police-shooting death of an armed black man “unacceptable.”

“I want to make clear no violence is acceptable, if it’s violence towards individuals, citizens, if it’s violence against police officers — absolutely unacceptable — violence against property unacceptable, fires unacceptable,” de Blasio said during a City Hall press conference when asked about the matter by a Post reporter.

Hizzoner, who noted that he had not yet been fully briefed on the situation and said he will talk to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea later Wednesday, added, “Of course those offenses should be prosecuted, and I absolutely want to see those prosecutions.”

“We just need to remind people if you have issues you want to raise or concerns you want to raise, you can do that anytime with peaceful protest,” de Blasio said, explaining, “You cannot not use violence against anybody or anything.”

Hordes of protesters descended Tuesday night on downtown Brooklyn, where they clashed with cops, vandalized businesses and wreaked havoc over the death of Walter Wallace Jr.

Wallace, 27, was armed with a knife that he refused to drop before he was shot dead by Philadelphia police Monday, local cops said.

The local demonstrations even spilled into Lower Manhattan, where a 22-year-old woman was busted for repeatedly elbowing a cop as he tried to arrest someone for graffiti on the David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building, authorities said.

A total of 29 people — 13 women and 16 men — were arrested as a result of the mayhem, and five cops suffered minor injuries during the course of the protests and while making arrests, cops said.

The NYPD said protesters had damaged nine police vehicles and 39 commercial properties.

At one point during the chaos, a car accelerated through a line of cops in downtown Brooklyn after being ordered to stop.

Police said one officer was struck by the vehicle and another sustained a cut to his wrist while trying to stop the car.

In the vicinity of Boerum Place and Atlantic Avenue, one sergeant was hit by a bicyclist and one officer was punched in the face by a protester, cops said.

“The bottom line is anyone who assaults an officer, that’s absolutely unacceptable,” de Blasio told reporters. “There must be consequences.”

Meanwhile, Mahmood Alsubai, 35, the manager of his father and uncle’s Yemen Café & Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, said patrons were seated at the eatery’s outdoor dining shelter when rowdy protesters started banging on the structure.

“More of a riot, not a protest!  I have been here for all the protests, this was different. Last night was the bad one!” Alsubai said, adding that demonstrators were “screaming, breaking the glass [to other storefronts], banging on the gates, on the walls.”

“It was scary, to be honest. You don’t know what the other person will do,” the manager said. “The diners were there. They were shaken. They stayed where they were … frozen in fear.”

Additional reporting by Tina Moore and Amanda Woods

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