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Pro-police rally clashes with Black Lives Matter protestors, marches through Queens

A Black Lives Matter supporter confronts a pro-police demonstrator at Crocheron Park in Bayside, Queens. (Dean Moses/AMNY)

A pro-police rally beginning at Crocheron Park in Bayside, Queens got off to a tense start on Sunday afternoon before the “Back the Blue” protestors marched through Queens. 

Members of the group supporting NYPD amidst the ongoing protests following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis PD custody in late-May clashed with members of the Black Lives Matter movement as the rally began to take shape at Crocheron Park. 

With a fence separating the two groups, protestors from both parties traded verbal jabs in support of their conflicting ideologies:

It wasn’t long after that the two groups clashed elsewhere with nothing in their way. 

The pro-police group brandishing altered American flags with the “thin blue line” symbolizing that cops are what is keeping the United States from descending into chaos along with “Trump 2020” signs met BLM protestors while members of the NYPD attempted to ease tensions. 

It included BLM protestors claiming that a pro-police rallyer assaulted a BLM supporter (WARNING: NSFW LANGUAGE, GESTURES):

As crowds grew more restless, police reinforcements were called in to separate the protestors — though the animosity did not fade.

Black Lives Matter protestors put their hands in the air when additional NYPD officers reported to the scene and changed “hands up, don’t shoot.” The two groups of protesters then traded chants of “NYPD” and “Black Lives Matter” until the pro-police rally was given the green light to begin marching. 

Down the streets of Bayside the rally moved with a police escort to voice their support of their protectors. However, a large number of marchers were seen not wearing masks and not practicing safe social distancing protocols as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spike in a majority of states outside New York.

An NYPD officer was seen marching in front of the group’s banner that read “Rally To The Support Of Law Enforcement,”  while drinking water and speaking with protesters. While he wore a mask, the two protestors he was nearest to did not:

New York has continued to see promising developments regarding the pandemics outbreak despite the rest of the nation seeing such troubling numbers. On Saturday, the state reported that COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped below 800 for the first time since March 18. 

Marchers, however, did not stick to their route previously approved by NYPD, opting to head back to Crocheron Park:

They were quickly rejoined by the BLM movement where things re-escalated (WARNING: NSFW LANGUAGE, GESTURES):

Sunday’s demonstration took place just hours after Black Lives Matter protestors marched through the streets of Bayside. This was the second consecutive day of pro-police marches taking place in the city with demonstrations in Queens and Brooklyn on Saturday. 

Photo by Dean Moses
Photo by Dean Moses
Photo by Dean Moses
Photo by Dean Moses
Photo by Dean Moses
Photo by Dean Moses
Photo by Dean Moses
Photo by Dean Moses

 

 

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