NEW YORK - Tonight, New Yorkers gathered in large numbers in Brooklyn to protest police violence and show solidarity with protests across the country over the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police. Over the course of the evening, videos emerged of numerous instances where police attacked protesters. In response, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement from Legal Director Christopher Dunn:
“The mayor needs to take accountability for the NYPD's provocation, aggression, and violence on display tonight. If he's serious about his demands for accountability in Minnesota, he needs to show leadership here in New York City.
Police terror against Black people is real and happening right in front of us. New York City’s priority must be to de-escalate immediately and respect the rights of New Yorkers to demand justice.”