CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) – Two women who police say broke into a New York City council apartment building on Monday were given desk appearance tickets for criminal trespassing.
Erica Sanchez, 44, and Anna Morgan, 27, were released pending a court date.
The two were arrested after taunting, unhinged harassment that began on Monday afternoon, first in the office and then in the home of a member of the Council Erik Boettcher.
Boettcher was targeted by a group calling itself “Gays Against Groomers.”
Over the weekend, galvanized by online conspiracy theories about the LGBT community, members of the group protested outside something called the Drag Queen Story Hour , in which a person in drag reads children’s books to children in a library public
It has become a weapon in the hard right culture wars – with the latest battle at Chelsea.
Protesters were barred from entering the library over the weekend, but on Monday, two of them made it to the lobby of Boettcher’s apartment building after scrawling anti-gay slurs on the sidewalk. in front
Both protesters, Sanchez and Morgan, were arrested for trespassing.
“This is shocking, completely shocking,” Mayor Adams tweeted, “Erik, you stand up for our city every day and these cowardly bigots have no place here.”
Boettcher says he’s a staunch supporter of Drag Queen Story Hours and won’t be intimidated by the hate.
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