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New York - Protesters Gather In NYC To Demonstrate Against Police Violence

Published on: April 14, 2015 05:03 PM
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Ashley Hair, 17, writes a message in chalk on the street during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015.EPAAshley Hair, 17, writes a message in chalk on the street during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015.EPA

New York - Protesters angered by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States gathered in New York on Tuesday, hoping to invigorate a national discussion on the thorny issue.

Some 250 placard-bearing activists organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network rallied at Union Square in Manhattan to protest the latest incidents of violent police tactics used against minorities.

“Stop murder by police” and “Stop killer cops,” the signs read.

Galvanizing their cause was the April 4 fatal shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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The shooting was captured on video, and the officer has been charged with murder.

Family members of several unarmed black or Hispanic men or boys who died in encounters with police called for more oversight.

“What this protest right here is about is that too many are being murdered,” said Nicholas Heyward Sr., whose son Nicholas Heyward Jr. was shot dead at age 13 in public housing by a police officer 20 years ago while playing cops and robbers with a toy gun.

“I have been fighting for the last 20 years to get that case reopened,” he said.

“It’s painful because not only do I have to wait but while I’m waiting, I am constantly seeing innocent victims gunned down on the street for no reason at all.”

Last year, a tide of protests was inspired by a string of high-profile cases of black men losing their lives at the hands of white police officers.

But the manifestations of indignation following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York slowed to a standstill over the winter.

Another group of protesters, led by Justice League NYC, have embarked on a 250-mile trek to Washington from New York City to demonstrate against police-related deaths.

They are due to reach the National Mall on April 21.

Demonstrators protest against police brutality against minorities during a protest in New York, April 14, 2015. Protestors angered by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States gathered on Tuesday in New York City in a protest organized by the group "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" hoping to invigorate a national discussion on the thorny issue.  (Credit: REUTERS)Demonstrators protest against police brutality against minorities during a protest in New York, April 14, 2015. Protestors angered by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States gathered on Tuesday in New York City in a protest organized by the group "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" hoping to invigorate a national discussion on the thorny issue.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Demonstrators protest against police brutality against minorities during a protest in New York, April 14, 2015. Protestors angered by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States gathered on Tuesday in New York City in a protest organized by the group "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" hoping to invigorate a national discussion on the thorny issue.  (Credit: REUTERS)Demonstrators protest against police brutality against minorities during a protest in New York, April 14, 2015. Protestors angered by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States gathered on Tuesday in New York City in a protest organized by the group "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" hoping to invigorate a national discussion on the thorny issue.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Demonstrators raise their hands during a rally against police brutality at Union Square New York April 14, 2015.  (Credit: REUTERS)Demonstrators raise their hands during a rally against police brutality at Union Square New York April 14, 2015.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Protesters scuffle with NYPD officers during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named 'Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police' in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)Protesters scuffle with NYPD officers during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named ‘Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police’ in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)
Protestors march next to NYPD officers during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named 'Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police' in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)Protestors march next to NYPD officers during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named ‘Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police’ in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)
Nicholas Heyward (C) father of Nicholas Jr. who was killed by police, holds a banner during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named 'Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police' in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)Nicholas Heyward (C) father of Nicholas Jr. who was killed by police, holds a banner during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named ‘Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police’ in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)
Protesters scuffle with NYPD officers during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named 'Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police' in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)Protesters scuffle with NYPD officers during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named ‘Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police’ in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)
Pictures of people killed by police are seen on a banner while NYPD officers stand guard during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named 'Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police' in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)Pictures of people killed by police are seen on a banner while NYPD officers stand guard during a rally against police brutality in New York, New York, USA, 14 April 2015. The rally has been named ‘Stop Business as Usual 2 Stop Murder by Police’ in response to a large number of recent violent incidents involving police officers. (Credit: EPA)


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 Apr 14, 2015 at 05:56 PM Boochie Says:

Oh vey, not this again

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 Apr 14, 2015 at 06:21 PM amerikaner Says:

this is WORSE than Christies Bridgegate ................... but allowed by the country 'cuz of colour....................

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 Apr 14, 2015 at 08:59 PM Tonchum Says:

To #2-What did you mean "cuz of colour". Was Gideon Bosch a "person of color". Do you meant to tell mean to tell me that of the 460 police fatal shootings annually in the USA, every single one of them are legally justified? Please!!

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 Apr 15, 2015 at 09:16 AM lavrenty Says:

the police need to be reigned it, brattons gotta go.

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