Somber NYPD officers, grieving protesters at Brooklyn anti-police brutality rally
Protest just 2 days after death of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder
There were more cops than protesters at Thursday’s anti-police violence rally and march in Downtown Brooklyn, and some participants pointed to the disparity as illustrating a larger societal problem.
Hundreds of officers lined the central median on Tillary Street and the sidewalk of Cadman Plaza West. NYPD mobile command units and dozens of trucks and vans parked along Tillary and next to Cadman Plaza Park.
“This is a peaceful march. Look how many paddy wagons are set up,” said one woman wearing an Anonymous mask. “This is an army of unnecessary officers.”
Over the course of the afternoon, between 100 to 150 activists, artists, and relatives of those shot by police gathered in Korean War Veterans Plaza to hear poems and songs, fiery oration and tales of personal grief.