Republican Brooklyn Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, a Jewish American, was arrested on Oct. 13.
She had a gun.
Vernikov was arrested for toting a firearm at a pro-Palestine rally on Oct. 12.
The councilwoman has spoken out against pro-Palestinian supporters in the past.
This led many to believe that Vernikov may have had bad intentions when she brought a firearm to a pro-Palestinian rally.
Some liberals are even calling for Vernikov to be removed from office.
The councilwoman, 39, was seen "with the butt-end of a firearm protruding from the front portion of her pants" around 2:45 pm on Oct. 12, while observing a rally that was in support of Palestine.
Vernikov was told to turn herself in and did so just a few hours later.
She turned herself in at the 70th precinct shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Oct. 13.
Vernikov was accompanied by her lawyer when she surrendered to authorities.
"At no point in time was anyone menaced or injured as a result of her possessing the firearm at the earlier protest," police said.
At today’s rally on Brooklyn College campus led by the students in their SJP chapter, Inna Vernikov showed up showcasing a gun to Palestinian students and their allies.
These are the tactics of force and intimidation used by zionist groups to silence any support for Palestine. pic.twitter.com/woQ6KGE1Gv
— CUNY4Palestine (@Cuny4P) October 12, 2023
Although Vernikov does have a concealed carry permit, it is not legal in New York state to have a firearm at what are described as "sensitive locations."
These locations include things such as protests or school grounds.
What do you think about this story?
Did Vernikov need a gun for protection at this rally on account of her status as a Jewish woman?
Perhaps she should have simply avoided an area she believed to be dangerous.
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