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Protesters march throughout NYC despite mayor’s plea to hold off after police shootings

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MIDTOWN, Manhattan (PIX11) -- Protesters marched through Midtown Tuesday evening despite Mayor de Blasio’s request to stop the demonstrations until after the funerals of two murdered NYPD officers.

The Mayor says that now is not the time for protest or politics.

Jose LaSalle, a founder of the Cop Watch Patrol Unit had this message for the mayor: “It’s a terrible thing that happened to these officers … every life is valuable, but you can’t tell us to stop crying out for justice.”

“The Mayor knows and needs to continue to understand that we are and have been fighting for justice for our brothers and sisters,¨ said LaSalle.

Officer Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu were gunned down in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday by a man who said he was retaliating against police for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

He then turned the gun on himself.

Just before 6 p.m., protesters briefly stopped traffic on Fifth Avenue near 53rd Street during the busy holiday season.

As the protesters marched down Fifth Avenue, many stores locked their doors.