A group of wealthy young men and women were arrested for participating in violent demonstrations in New York City by the Black Panthers and the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement. The news spread when the New York City Police Department posted a photo on Twitter Wednesday, Sept. 9, in which the seven offenders could be recognized.
“On Friday, September 4th, these individuals were arrested for rioting during demonstrations in Manhattan. They were part of a large group breaking storefront windows. Our investigation into this incident continues,” the Police Department’s Twitter posting says.
On Friday, September 4th, these individuals were arrested for rioting during demonstrations in Manhattan. They were part of a large group breaking storefront windows. Our investigation into this incident continues. pic.twitter.com/J1h1C2XCfh
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 8, 2020
The seven were arrests for breaking windows in the Flatiron District. According to the New York Post, the damage caused losses of at least $100,000.
“Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground!” the group shouted as they marched down Lafayette Street, breaking the glass facades of banks, food stores and clothing stores. Witnesses reported.
One of the young women arrested is Clara Kraebber, 20, who belongs to a very wealthy family living in the exclusive Upper East Side neighborhood. Kraebber’s mother, Virginia Kindred, runs Kindred Arch.Works, a well-known Manhattan architectural firm, which has done important work for Columbia University and NYU, and renowned stores throughout the city, among other things. Her father is Markus Kraebber, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who teaches in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University.
She now faces a maximum of four years in prison on her main charge of first-degree rioting.
Aside from Kraebber, five of the others arrested with her also appear to have a history of economic privilege, leading one police source to describe their actions as totally hypocritical.
“This is the height of hypocrisy,” a police source at the protest told The Post. “This girl should be the poster child for white privilege, growing up on the Upper East Side. I wonder how her rich parents feel about their daughter. How would they feel if they graffitied their townhouse?”
Frank Fuhrmeister, 30, is charged with rioting and possession of graffiti during the protest. Fuhrmeister is an independent art director who has worked for Pepsi, Samsung, and Glenlivet, among other high-profile brands.
Adi Sragovich, 20, is a student at Sarah Lawrence College in Great Neck. Also with a good family background, before joining the protests she had become a successful musician performing with groups in major local theaters and at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club.
Claire Severine, 27, who lives in Washington Heights, was charged with public nuisance, works as a model with the We Speak agency and according to her social media profile had recently traveled by plane to Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland.
Etkar Surette, a 27-year-old from Brooklyn, is also charged with rioting and graffiti possession.
Elliot Rucka, a 20-year-old from Portland, Oregon, accused of public disorder, is the son of famed comic book writers Greg Rucka and Jennifer Van Meter.
These arrests show empirical evidence of the penetrating power of the left to infiltrate not only those sectors that have needs and suffer inequality in the first person, but also those sectors that far from having needs, can enjoy comfortable and wealthy lives.