NEW YORK — About 1,000 people protesting what they say is New York police brutality marched through downtown Brooklyn, chanting “no justice, no peace!”
Protesters filled main avenues Friday evening as they passed the Barclays Center arena where the Brooklyn Nets play. The march came several days after a video emerged on social media showing police officers fighting with teenagers inside city subway stations.
Marchers say they oppose what they consider over-policing of the subway system.
The protest comes after a period in which the New York Police Department has been under scrutiny for several shootings of armed civilians. Last week’s brawl involving police at the Jay Street-MetroTech station in Brooklyn, and an incident involving a teenager who allegedly had guns drawn on him by police after he was accused of fair evasion, also sparked the protests, Brooklyn Defender Services said in a statement
Saturday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, called out aggressive policing while also denouncing “spitting on cops defacing vehicles” and obscene chants.
On Saturday, police said one man was issued a summons for spitting on a police officer, and one woman was arrested for vandalizing a police vehicle with graffiti, writing “pigs” on a marked police car. She was charged with criminal mischief, police said.