- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A Brooklyn man faces charges including assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest in connection with two officers being injured by demonstrators at the end of a massive march over recent police-involved deaths, authorities said Sunday.

The New York City police said Eric Linsker, 29, was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, hours after he allegedly tried to throw a garbage can at officers below him on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Tens of thousands of people had taken part in the march Saturday night in protest over the deaths of unarmed black men by police. While largely peaceful, upheaval broke out as protesters blocked traffic on the bridge.

The NYPD said two lieutenants who were following the crowd as people went from Manhattan to Brooklyn attempted to arrest a man who they say was trying to throw a garbage can. As they attempted to take him into custody, other demonstrators intervened, police said.

The two lieutenants were injured, and the man they were initially trying to arrest fled. The officers were treated for bumps and bruises, including a broken nose.

Officers recovered a backpack, which they believe belongs to the man, containing three hammers and a black face mask.

A phone number for Linsker could not be found. Emails and social media messages were not immediately answered.

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