Civil Rights Monitors Brace For Encounters with the NYPD as Demonstrators Across The City March In Memory Of George Floyd


At occasions across the metropolis, demonstrators are commemorating the one-year anniversary of the homicide of George Floyd by the knee of a police officer, an extrajudicial killing which set off worldwide protests towards police brutality and systemic racism. 

A few of the bigger demonstrations this night will likely be going down at McCarren Park and Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, and Foley Sq. and Union Sq. in Manhattan. Greater than 400 activists are anticipated to congregate at every of those occasions, in keeping with the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The NYCLU expects the police presence to be noticeable, and has warned New Yorkers who plan to participate to be ready in case police are aggressive in making arrests. Many keep in mind final yr’s marches for his or her violence—with police cornering protesters and arresting them once they had nowhere to run.

“That you must movie as a lot as potential whereas maintaining the privateness of others as protected as potential,” NYCLU organizer Isabelle Leyva informed Gothamist, who shared with Gothamist a listing of behaviors to look at for, and recommendation for staying protected. “And keep in mind that you’ve a proper to train your proper to protest.” 

Leyva, who oversees the NYCLU’s police monitoring actions, stated individuals who plan to protest police abuse ought to preserve useful the quantity for a lawyer, and shout out their identify and birthdate if they’re arrested—in order that others can observe them within the system.

Anne Oredeko, the supervising lawyer of the Racial Justice Unit for The Authorized Support Society, goes additional.

“Don’t give officers your cellular phone, don’t let your cellphone have a facial recognition mark both,” she stated. “Should you’re within the precinct…don’t take water, don’t take meals, as a result of they will use that as a chance to steal your DNA.” 

“Our major objective right here is to respect folks’s rights to peacefully meeting and protest,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea stated on NY1 earlier Tuesday. “It is ingrained on this nation and we take it very critically.”

Oredeko stated she is unsure as as to whether the demonstrations throughout the town will stay orderly.

“I am hoping that the actions [tonight] are peaceable,” Oredeko stated.

Joseph Gedeon reported this story for the Gothamist/WNYC’s Race & Justice Unit. In case you have a tip, some knowledge, or a narrative thought, e-mail reporter Joseph Gedeon at or attain out to him on Twitter @JGedeon1. You too can textual content him suggestions by way of the encrypted cellphone app Sign, or in any other case, at 929-351-5374.