The NYPD is defending itself after this arrest of a protester by plainclothes officers using an unmarked van went viral last night:

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called it a “kidnapping”:

Others agreed with Hayes:

“Literally”:

City councilman Mark Levin wants answers “now”:

What a clown:

The NYPD later issued a statement, explaining that the plainclothes cops in the video were members of the Warrant Squad and the woman was arrested for “damaging police cameras during 5 separate criminal incidents”:

And it’s pretty common for police departments to use this type of tactic:

Also, there were uniformed cops on the scene not shown in the video:

This last bit was confirmed by a journalist:

Video here:

So, not a kidnapping. AT. ALL.

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