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Bus driver union says it won't help NYPD transport arrested protesters

A union that represents New York City bus drivers said Friday that they are under no obligation to help the New York Police Department (NYPD) transport arrested protesters in the city.

"TWU Local 100 Bus Operators do not work for the NYPD. We transport the working families of NYC , all TWU Operators should refuse to transport arrested protestors," the New York chapter of the Transportation Workers Union tweeted Friday evening.

The protests in New York were in response to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who was killed in an encounter with Minneapolis police.  

Police said that more than 200 people were arrested Friday evening as thousands of people participated in several different demonstrations throughout the night. 

NYPD asked a bus driver in Brooklyn to transport those arrested to the city jail, but they refused, according to Vice and social media accounts. 

NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment form The Hill. 

The New York TWU sued the New York Police Department in 2011 for ordering buses and forcing city drivers to transport arrested Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Unionized bus drivers in Minneapolis also refused requests by local police to transport arrested protesters, according to CityLab.