Protests continue in NYC after Wright, Toledo killings, Floyd trial

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WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK — A rally for Daunte Wright was held Saturday evening in Washington Square Park.

The protestors have left but the flowers, photos and messages remain.

Demonstrations against police brutality have become a regular occurrence in New York City and around the country.

The NYPD is bracing for big protests as the Derek Chauvin trial comes to a close. The criminal trial of the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes enters closing arguments Monday. The NYPD instructed officers not to take unscheduled days off beginning Monday and until further notice.

Meanwhile, former police officer Kim Potter was released on bail following her arrest in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a suburb of Minneapolis.

Protesters say if people who go through red lights can be mailed a ticket, then why pull a gun on someone with too many air fresheners or a broken tail light? Get their plate and mail them the ticket, they said.

Social justice advocates are also zeroing in on how Chicago officials consistently changed the narrative over officer Eric Stillman’s fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. That plus transcripts of the grand jury in the Daniel Prude case.

The protest Saturday evening was peaceful. Demonstrators were asked to bring flowers. There was a noticeable police presence in and around the park.

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