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Protesters in City Hall Park call for NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's termination

Protesters met in City Hall Park on Monday, calling for NYPD Commissioner William Bratton to be fired.

The “Shut Down City Hall NYC” protest was organized by Millions March NYC, an organization that aims to abolish the “repressive apparatus of the U.S. state,” according to its website.

People began gathering at around 9 a.m. Monday and planned to occupy the park until Mayor Bill de Blasio meets their demands. The group said it was seeking more than just Bratton's termination; protesters also want to end "broken windows" policing and defund the NYPD's budget, instead using that money to invest in communities of color. Millions March NYC also called for reparations for families of the victims of police-involved shootings.

In a public statement, Millions March NYC spelled America “Amerikkka” and spelled cops “kkkops.”

“Amerikkka was never great and never will be. It is a country founded on the genocide of Indigenous people and enslavement of Black people,” the statement said. “We must build our own power in our communities, forming a mass, militant, and integrated abolitionist movement separate from the state and two-party capitalist system.”

Armie Jeffryes, an organizer for Millions March NYC, said the group wants to see investments in education, affordable housing and health care in black and brown communities.

The group’s demands have been posted on social media, she said. She added that they will not have closed-door meetings with officials.

“If they want to meet, they can come out to the park,” she said.

Here's what the scene looked like Monday afternoon.

A woman held signs calling attention to police
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A woman held signs calling attention to police brutality in City Hall Park on Aug. 1, 2016.

A sign at the Millions March NYC protest
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A sign at the Millions March NYC protest on Aug. 1, 2016 said Bill Bratton is wanted "for crimes against humanity."

The words
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The words "No cop zone" were written in chalk near an entrance to City Hall Park on Aug. 1, 2016.

Protesters' signs at City Hall Park on Aug.
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Protesters' signs at City Hall Park on Aug. 1, 2016, called for justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed in recent police-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and in Minnesota, respectively.

A poster displayed photos of some of the
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A poster displayed photos of some of the black men and women who were allegedly killed by police officers across the country, including Eric Garner, who died in Staten Island in 2014 after an officer put him in an apparent chokehold.

Protesters showed solidarity across racial lines in City
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Protesters showed solidarity across racial lines in City Hall Park on Aug. 1, 2016.

A man wore an NYPD T-shirt with fake
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A man wore an NYPD T-shirt with fake blood at the "Shut Down City Hall NYC" protest on Aug. 1 2016.

Protesters denounced police brutality at the gathering in
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Protesters denounced police brutality at the gathering in City Hall Park on Aug. 1, 2016.

One protester in City Hall Park on Aug.
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One protester in City Hall Park on Aug. 1, 2016, carried a flag symbolizing anarchy.

One protester showed support for Sandra Bland, who
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One protester showed support for Sandra Bland, who was found dead last summer in a Texas jail not long after her arrest by a Texas state Trooper in a traffic stop.

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