A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC

A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC
A Photo Essay: Millions March NYC  By Jane Rebecca Marchant On Saturday, December 13 th , over 50,000 people protested the failure of grand juries in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY to indict police officers involved in the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Organized by the  Millions March NYC Coalition , protesters gathering at Washington Square Park and proceeded to march up 5 th  Avenue in Manhattan, then up 6 th  Avenue to 31 st  Street before circling down Broadway and ending at One Police Plaza. Families of police brutality victims shared their stories while protesters continued to spill down the streets of New York. The Coalition released a set of immediate demands  including the indictment of Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer involved in Garner’s death; the creation of an independent prosecutor’s office to handle cases of police misconduct and excessive force; and a meaningful change in police rehiring policies. The protest officially ended at  6 pm , but many protesters  (the majority under 35 years old) continued to march well into the night. Chanting “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now! If we don’t get it – Shut it down!” thousands of protesters crossed police lines and disrupted traffic in order to shut down the Brooklyn Bridge. Horns blazed, hands reached out of windows in solidarity, and while there was one arrest on the Brooklyn-side of the bridge, the night remained peaceful. The march continued to shut down both residential and commercial streets all the way into Crown Heights. The following photographs shows glimpses of the march and protesters as they made their way through Manhattan and into Brooklyn.             “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”    Protesters carry French artist JR’s portrait of Eric Garner    Eric Garner, an asthmatic, said the words, “I can’t breathe,” eleven times before dying     Protesters stream across Canal Street   The march officially ended at One Police Plaza   While the NYPD estimates between 25,000-30,000 protesters in attendance, march organizers put the numbers between 50,000-70,000      After the official march ended, protesters took to the Brooklyn Bridge chanting, “Shut it down, shut it down”     Protesters occupied both sides of the Bridge, streaming through traffic that was largely supportive of the march– The New York Times/Siena College Poll cites that nearly two-thirds of NYC adults disagree with the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo   A helicopter’s spotlight illuminates seated protesters near the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn   At least thirty police cars, vans, and black sedans with flashing lights herd the protestors in Crown Heights. Police officers walked in front of the brigade, urging protesters to keep moving.

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