100 black businessmen march across Brooklyn to protest racism and police brutality

The marchers' called for the end of police brutality against black people.

News 12 Staff

Jun 7, 2020, 10:43 PM

Updated 1,441 days ago


A group of 100 black businessmen marched across Brooklyn Sunday to protest racism and police brutality.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams reached out to the heads of the organizations Faith, Grind, Inspire; That Suits You and Gentleman's Factory to help put the march together in 48 hours.
Derick Webster, 12, and his little sister helped to lead the crowd of leaders, entrepreneurs and CEOs from Borough Hall to the 84th Precinct.

"I have the feeling of power to lead the march of black men, supporting this cause," says Webster.

The marchers' called for the end of police brutality against black people. They say they want to make sure change reaches every city agency and that funding and donations are going to the right places.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that the city will shift funding from the NYPD to youth and social services for communities of color.

However, one business man said, "At the end of the day, it's about the will of the people. We're saying we don't need 50,000 police officers when the crime rate in New York is the lowest it's been in 40 years...”

Brooklyn Borough President Adams is calling on the Department Of Transportation and Mayor's Office to paint "Black Lives Matter" along Joralemon Street in front of Borough hall. As well, he says it should be renamed in honor of the movement.
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