Yesterday I participated in demonstrations in both Newark and New York City in response to police murder of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Saint Paul, Minnesota. I’d guess that at least 4,000 people participated in the New York march at its peak, and there may have been more at the Union Square Rally.
I’ll spare you all an angry rant – pictures say thousands of words.
Protesters in Newark shut down the intersection of Market Street and McCarter Highway yesterday afternoon.
By about 6:30 the front march – which started at Union Square – was at Herald Square, in midtown.
One of the march’s leaders. Too often the leading organization does not get credit – this time it was the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, who also lead the charge against stop and frisk policies in New York.
Headed west on 40th Street.
Police threatened to arrest anyone who attempted to block the West Side Highway. We’d head up to Time Square instead.
This woman had words for the black officers.
Entertainer Nick Cannon joined the march briefly, but attracted so much attention that he couldn’t stay.
Headed towards Time Square.
I shouldn’t have to tell you what he was saying.
Up Sixth avenue.
Some drivers, like this cabbie, showed solidarity with us as they sat in traffic.
News channel Rede Bandeirantes, of Brazil.
Police blocked 76th Street at 5th Avenue and dared marchers to cross the line. A few got arrested in doing so and the march moved northward. After over two hours, at around 8:45, I left the group at 86th Street. Apparently the protests continued until midnight, when arrests were still being made at Time Square.