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Protests Break Out in Brooklyn After Alleged Subway Police Brutality Incidents

Protests Break Out in Brooklyn After Alleged Subway Police Brutality Incidents  Hundreds of people gathered in Downtown Brooklyn
Protests Break Out in Brooklyn After Alleged Subway Police Brutality Incidents

Hundreds of people gathered in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday night to protest against the aggressive policing of the subway system.

About 1,000 demonstrators marched through the main avenues to protest, according to PIX11. “Hands off black kids, NYPD,” said one of the chants. A protester connected the police aggression to law enforcement’s bias against poverty.

“We see people in poverty increasing every single day, struggling to make ends meet. People working two, three jobs, barely keeping a roof over their head. And what’s the city’s response? Hire more cops. Beat people up who can’t afford to pay the fare,” one protester told NY1.

Although there were some reported acts of vandalism, no arrests were made in the protests, according to News 12.

The protests occurred days after videos showing NYPD officers using excessive force on city train stations went viral.

Van Tieu@Van_Tieu

Several hundred protestors gathered in emergency call to action after two viral videos of @NYPD punching teens/ aggressive subway arrest last week. They’re calling for repeal of 50-a and @NYGovCuomo @MTA fare evasion campaign. @NY1

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Taylor Lorenz

@TaylorLorenz

Hundreds of ppl are marching through the streets in Brooklyn right now against the NYPD’s treatment of black kids on the subway

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Jonathan Stamper-Halpin🏳️‍🌈@Joda308

Huge protest going on in Brooklyn right now against recent violence and the MTA.


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One of the videos showed authorities pointing their guns at a young man who was sitting in a packed subway car. The footage has other passengers fleeing as the teen puts his hands in the air and asks someone to call his mom. Moments later, a group of officers stormed the car, threw the teen on the ground, and placed him in cuffs. His crime? He allegedly skipped the MTA’s $2.75 fare.

Elad Nehorai

@PopChassid

In case you’re wondering how an arrest in NYC goes down. The guy has made absolutely no indication that he would flee or fight and wasn’t trying to hide.

If you can’t see, the reason everyone moved was because all the police had taken out their guns and aimed at him.

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Earlier this week, NYPD drew even more outrage over a video of a policeman punching 15-year-old Benjamin Marshall at a downtown station. Officers were responding to a fight, but it isn’t clear if Marshall was involved in the altercation. Marshall wasn’t one of the five teens arrested in relation to melee. His family has since filed a $5 million lawsuit against the city and the police department.

Jumaane Williams

@JumaaneWilliams

Some ask what preceded this. As an elected that’s a legit question.

Moreso, WHY is a presumably trained @nypdnews officer punching young men (plural) in the face. W/o video there’d be no discussion & @nygovcuomo wants to add police w/ no cameras @ all

The public needs answers. https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1188308642505875457 

Shaun King

@shaunking

I need to know the names and badge numbers of all of these officers who are punching these young Black boys in the face. They are teenagers.

None of this brutality is OK.

See this @JumaaneWilliams?

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