New York City Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, a Republican, was arrested for carrying a gun at a pro-Palestinian peace rally in Brooklyn the day before, according to a statement from the New York Police Department.
Police charged her with possession of a firearm.
An NYPD spokesperson said in an emailed statement to The Hill that police contacted Vernikov and turned herself in to the 70th Precinct after she was found “with the end of a handgun on the front of her pants.” “Stretch out.”
“The photo was circulated on social media based on photos taken by different people at the scene,” the spokesman said.
“She was subsequently arrested and charged, and her firearm (a black Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol; she owned the gun) and license were surrendered,” the NYPD statement continued. “At an earlier date, No one was threatened or injured during the protests because of her possession of a firearm.”
The Hill has contacted Vernikov.
Political tensions over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are rising in the United States as the latest fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas continues into a week.
A pro-Palestinian protest over the weekend was widely criticized by politicians for comments about Israel and Hamas attacks on Israeli victims.
Israel on Friday ordered about 1 million Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate to the southern part of the territory in response to expected ground attacks. However, the United Nations has warned that the movement of large numbers of people during the initial 24-hour period would be catastrophic.
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