Watch: Inside Last Night's Protest Against Police Killings in NYC, Where 40 Were Arrested

Jul 08 2016

Watch: Inside Last Night’s Protest Against Police Killings in NYC, Where 40 Were Arrested

July 8th, 2016

Last night over a thousand people marched through the streets of New York City to protest the back-to-back police killings of three black men in the preceding days—Delrawn Small in New York on July 4 (by an off-duty cop), Alton Sterling in Louisiana on July 5 and and Philando Castile in Minnesota on July 6. Their deaths are the latest in what has been a year with 509 police killings already, since January 1 2016, according to the Washington Post‘s count. (There is no official government count—which is crazy, given what else the government does track—so numbers vary, with The Guardian‘s count at 566).

There were also protests in Oakland, in DC and in Dallas—where five police officers were killed last night by at least one sniper.

The New York Rally began very peacefully in Union Square at around 5 pm. But dozens of protesters were arrested in Times Square a few hours later.

Many in the diverse crowd carried signs, with a range of messages:

genocidestopkillingus

racismisdisease

 

Some parents brought their children. I spoke with one of them about her reasons for attending and her wishes for change:


As the protesters walked through down Fifth Avenue, many drivers honked and chanted in solidarity.

A taxi driver and a passing marcher shared a high five:

high five

At one point, a police officer and a few protesters were walking together, having a deeply engaged, but polite conversation in which they each appeared to be working to understand where the other was coming from.

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Reports say that about 40 protesters were arrested later on. There was at least one rough arrest, which was documented and reported by Keegan Stephan, editor of filmthecops.news: