2 men charged with vandalizing police cars during George Floyd protests in Newark

Kimberly Dole
June 24, 2020 - 12:26 pm
Newark police car vandalized

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NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Police charged two men with vandalizing police vehicles during Newark protests over the death of George Floyd authorities said.

The Essex County prosecutor's office announced charges Tuesday against 29-year-old Eric Stone of New York and 27-year-old Julio Rodriguez of New Brunswick.

The vandalism of the Newark police cars took place outside the First Precinct on 17th Avenue, officials said.

Officials charged Stone with criminal mischief and a disorderly persons offense, and Rodriguez was charged with four counts of criminal mischief and one disorderly persons count.

"While we fully support the public’s right to conduct peaceful protests, we cannot turn a blind eye to individuals who blatantly commit criminal acts," Newark Director of Public Safety Antony Ambrose said in a statement. “We are grateful that, by and large, the protests in Newark following George Floyd's murder were peaceful and without any major incidents of violence.‘"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.