Hundreds of protesters gathered in New York City Tuesday evening, showing they don’t plan to halt demonstrations, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call to suspend their actions until the two NYPD officers killed over the weekend have been laid to rest.
About 300 demonstrators clogged city streets after gathering at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, proceeding as they’d planned weeks earlier. Followed by a trail of cops, they marched uptown toward Harlem, holding signs that expressed condolences to the families of the slain officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, while openly criticizing de Blasio’s request to pause protests.
“Let’s make sure they hear us!” an organizer shouted on a megaphone as the crowd gathered outside the 125th Street police precinct. By 10 p.m., several dozen new protesters from the Bronx had joined in, blasting music as police officers ushered people onto the sidewalk and threatened arrests for disorderly conduct.
Marvin Knight, a 71-year-old black retiree from Brooklyn, said it was absurd for any politician to ask that the protests stop. “This is America,” he told HuffPost at the rally. “Why should we stop doing what we know is right?”