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LIVE UPDATES: Marchers hit streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan again, arrests made

Prayers and protest at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine on June 5, 2020. (Photo by Mark Hallum)

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI, JOE PANTORNO AND GRANT LANCASTER

The ninth day of major protests in New York City kicked off this afternoon in Manhattan with a rally at Washington Square Park.

The crowd of hundreds converged upon the Village landmark to continue the call for an end to police brutality and racial injustice following the May 25 police-involved death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

From there, they headed up Fifth Avenue to 14th Street, where they knelt and chanted demands for change and justice.

“We are united for Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27 today,” a speaker said. “Her life matters, so we will say her name and demand justice, because we have a problem. We will be nonviolent. We will not engage with the NYPD.”

From there, they headed up to the steps of the Farley Post Office, where they called for Police Commissioner Dermot Shea’s resignation, as well as parole reform, NYPD funding cuts and a repeal of the 50-A law to allow for greater police transparency. 

Other protests are underway at this hour in Brooklyn, with additional marches scheduled for later this evening on the Upper East and West Sides in Manhattan, and in Queens. That includes a vigil at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

(Photo by Mark Hallum)
A faithful march against racial injustice and police brutality at St. John the Divine in Manhattan on June 5, 2020. (Photo by Mark Hallum)

The Queens march features a solemn commemoration for Breonna Taylor, another victim of police brutality, who would have turned 27 today.

In Harlem, hundreds took the streets and marched throughout the neighborhood — fueled by numerous supportive onlookers — as the clock wound down toward Mayor de Blasio’s curfew:

They also made sure to recognize what would have been the 27th birthday of Breonna Taylor, a woman who was shot in her own home by Louisville police on March 13:

They joined in throughout the city:

Shortly after, the group in Harlem dispersed.

Elsewhere, their third hour of marching, the demonstration that began at Washington Square Park made it to Columbus Circle, where they ensured to stress the aggressive police behavior that has become commonplace throughout the nine days of demonstrations around the city:

Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn has been a hot spot in recent days during the protests. That reputation continued on Friday night as people gathered after curfew:

They were being watched closely from the sky as they moved throughout the area, too:

Tensions only continued to rise from there as protesters and NYPD were on the verge of clashing yet again:

But this time, the protest came to a swift and peaceful end thanks to the intervention of two marchers, Randy Williams and Kerry Paul.

But a few moments later, police kettled and herded dozens of protesters into vans, arresting them for breaking curfew.

One of the arrested individuals identified himself as Michael Carter, a press rep for state Senator Julia Salazar. 

 

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