"Actions like this will not be tolerated."
Police in New York have arrested a US Indian woman after she spat in an officer’s face during an anti-Trump protest.
Protestors have gathered in cities across the country with the outcome of the presidential election still uncertain.
A video showed 24-year-old Devina Singh shouting at an officer, telling him: “F**k you, fascist.”
The young woman then spits in his face. In response, the officer pushes her against a building before arresting her.
Singh was also heard shouting: “… f***ing died for this.”
However, it cannot be distinguished what she said at the beginning of the sentence.
Singh was one of more than 50 people arrested during a night of unrest in New York on November 4, 2020.
Singh, a resident of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, was charged with obstruction of governmental administration and harassment.
The footage of her spitting at the officer went viral on Twitter.
Watch the Incident with the US Indian Woman. Warning – Explicit Language
A young woman was arrested after she spat in an officer’s face after screaming, “F–k you, fascist,” tonight in the West Village. pic.twitter.com/cfgVLYJ5pc
— elizabeth meryl rosner (@elizameryl) November 5, 2020
It was immediately condemned by the NYPD and police unions.
NYPD posted: “Actions like this will not be tolerated. Agitators who commit these acts will be arrested.”
NYPD detectives union the Detectives’ Endowment Association added:
“This despicable behaviour won’t be tolerated! This after setting fires and destroying property.
“We know law-abiding NYers don’t want their cops treated like this. Now we need every elected official to publicly condemn it.”
Officers revealed that the US Indian woman has previous arrests for unlawful assembly and resisting arrest.
Police explained that the unrest on Wednesday night began with peaceful demonstrations urging officials to “count every vote”.
This came after Donald Trump sued to stop votes being counted in key swing states where he could lose.
The NYPD said that as it turned to night, aggressive groups “hijacked” the protest by lighting fires and confronting officers, throwing litter and eggs at them.
Although the polls closed more than 24 hours ago, it is not known who has won the election.
Counting is still underway and has been dragged out due to a record number of mail-in ballots.
Joe Biden is on the verge of victory, however, Trump has issued several legal challenges in a bid to stop vote counting in states he is at risk of losing, alleging fraud.
This has led to pro-Trump supporters to descend on polling stations in key states in an attempt to oversee the counts.
Meanwhile, anti-Trump protesters have demanded that every vote be counted.
While there has not been any widespread violence and looting, the risk becomes greater the longer the uncertainty continues. It may take days before all votes are counted.
Anti-Trump protesters have organised more than 100 events planned across the country between November 4 and November 7.
Meira Harris, a social work student, said: “It’s very important that we make sure that our democracy is maintained. This election has provoked so much anxiety.”