BROOKLYN — Amid protests in Brooklyn Saturday, a disturbing video surfaced of an NYPD vehicle ramming into protesters demonstrating in the memory of Minneapolis man George Floyd.
The video is from Flatbush on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and St. Marks. Protesters surround at least two NYPD SUVs and are separated by a barricade when one clearly drives into the crowd. The incident was caught on video by several Twitter users.
“NY’s Finest”. Disgusting.#BlackLivesMatter #riots2020 #JusticeForGeorgeFlyod pic.twitter.com/GP5vcXRlqy— Marco (@chieffymac11) May 31, 2020
No word on injuries of arrests stemming from this incident.
Demonstrations have been taking place across the country this week in the wake of Floyd’s death, as tensions boil over between police and communities of color.
Floyd, who is black, died on Memorial Day after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes during his arrest, which was caught on bystander video. Floyd is heard in the video repeatedly asking for help, saying he can’t breathe.
“I can’t breathe” were the last words of Eric Garner, who died in police custody on Staten Island in 2014. Garner’s death is widely considered one of the touchstones of the current Black Lives Matter movement.