On Monday, September 13, a large crowd of Black Lives Matter protestors gathered to protest the death of Mike Rosado. The protests occurred right in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was hosting the annual Met Gala. The protestors clashed with police, leading to several arrests throughout the evening.
The protests began peacefully, with people chanting, “If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no peace,” and people hanging on the traffic light posts.” According to the Daily Mail, a flyer promoting the protest said the organizers were, “An autonomous group of NYC abolitionists who believe that policing does not protect and serve communities” The flyer also said, “The NYPD has a total financial allocation of $11bn per year. This money goes towards racist policing that destroys Black and brown communities while people who are struggling do not get the resources they need. CARE, not COPS, is the answer.”
Video footage from attendees’ phones shows the cops yelling into a megaphone for the crowd to back up. Protestors did not follow orders to clear the streets, and around 6 pm, cops began arresting some attendees. While officers attempted to restrain a protestor, the crowd chanted, “Let go of her.” Officers attempted to put up a barricade to contain the protestors while people chanted rallying cries of “abuse of power.” The New York Times reported there had been several arrests made for minor offenses.
Both Mayor DeBlasio and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat representatives from New York, were in attendance at the Met Gala during the protests.
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