Seven people arrested for rioting in the Flatiron District in New York City come from wealthy, privileged backgrounds Fox News reported. The NYPD tweeted the suspects’ mug shots on Wednesday afternoon.
The group was arrested as they took part in a violent demonstration organized by the New Afrikan Black Panther Party and the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement ostensibly in protest of the death of Daniel Prude, who died in police custody in Rochester in March.
The Daily Mail (UK) reported that around $100,000 worth of damages to local businesses resulted from the rampage. The seven arrested were all charged with rioting. Some face additional charges, including possession of weapons and burglary tools.
Clara Kraebber, 20, one of those arrested, is an undergraduate at prestigious Rice University. Her father is a psychiatrist and teacher at Columbia University and her mother works as an architect for a Manhattan firm. The Kraebbers bought a $1.8 million apartment on the Upper East Side four years ago, and they also own a large home in Connecticut. A law enforcement officer, who remained anonymous, said, “I wonder how her rich parents feel about their daughter. How would they feel if they graffitied their townhouse? This girl should be the poster child for white privilege, growing up on the Upper East Side and another home in Connecticut.” “This is the height of hypocrisy,” he concluded.
Others arrested included Frank Fuhrmeister, 30, a freelance art director whose clients have included Pepsi and Samsung. He currently lives in the Beacon Hills and Harbour Neighborhood, an upscale area of New York City.
Adi Sragovich, 20, a student at Saint Lawrence College, is a musician who had performed with local theater groups. She had been out of touch with her family recently, according to her mother. Queensborough Community College English professor Susan Jacobowitz said she has been worried about her daughter recently. I kept thinking I would get a call from the hospital or she’d get arrested because it seems like it’s just dangerous times right now,” Jacobowitz said.
Claire Severine, 27, is a model with the We Speak agency. Her modelling profile states that she had come to New York to pursue an acting career. Twenty-seven year old Etkar Surette, from Brooklyn, spent his summers in Europe as a child. Elliot Rucka, 20, from Portland, Oregon, is the son of Greg Rucka and Jennifer Van Meter, two comic book writers. The elder Rucka has written stories featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman for DC Comics, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers.
NFL Legend Herschel Walker, who is black, commented on the arrest of the seven young whites. “I believe in law and order, I believe in the men in blue, I believe in our military service men and women, that they are out there fighting to save the greatest country in the world, and these people need federal time,” Walker said. He was especially critical of the damage done to the businesses during the rioting. “This is sad,” Walker said. “It’s sad because people have worked extremely hard for their business and now to have their whole livelihood destroyed and they are thinking it is OK. Well, it is not OK with me,” he said.
The New York Police Department tweeted that their investigation into the actions of the seven “comrades” was ongoing.