I saw this tumblr post (with over 50,000 notes, so it's notable), which says:

Tonight the NYPD tricked protesters into helping them by driving empty ambulances through the crowd. We thought they were transporting real sick people and let them through. Instead they were there to [sic] corrall us and to get supplies through to the NYPD. The moment the ambulances got through the roads the march had blocked, they pulled over, turned their sirens off, and the cops starting pulling supplies out the back. Supplies they then used to start arresting people.

Did the NYPD use an ambulance to transport supplies and trick protesters in this way?

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    Zero context. Seriously. I read this now for the first time and I have no idea what this is question/post is talking about. Given the large number of upvotes here, probably someone knows and should edit it. Nov 27, 2017 at 17:36

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There's no evidence that they did.

The Tumblr post in question was published on 5 December 2014, according to a <script> tag on the page. Since there's no time zone, I don't know exactly when the post was published or which span of time "tonight" refers to. Around that date, though, there were protests in New York City (and elsewhere in the country) over the death of Eric Garner (specifically, that a grand jury decided not to indict the cop who killed him). I searched on Google for the term "ambulance" along with relevant keywords, and I looked at several news reports of the protests, but I didn't see any claims beyond the Tumblr post that ambulances were used to transport police supplies.

Most reports don't mention ambulances at all:

One article mentions that "The demonstrators congested city streets while traveling to their new rendezvous, only parting for an ambulance that needed to race through", but there's no indication that the ambulance wasn't actually responding to a medical emergency, nor that police took supplies from it:

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