Demonstration in support of trans lives held in Manhattan's West Village

A demonstration in support of trans lives was held Friday in Manhattan’s West Village after 32-year-old Tiffany Harris was killed and 18-year-old Nikki Stone was arrested and released during a protest earlier this week.

News 12 Staff

Jul 31, 2020, 11:56 PM

Updated 1,393 days ago

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Stone, who was present at the rally, was taken into an unmarked police vehicle Tuesday night during a rally. 
Stone spent the night in police custody and was released on a desk appearance ticket on Wednesday following what police called a string of vandalism incidents. They released video that they say shows Stone spray painting NYPD cameras. 
However, what got the attention of protesters was the way in which the arrest was carried out.  Protesters say the tactics reminded them of tactics used by federal officers who had been deployed to Portland, Oregon. 
Friday's rally also came after Tiffany Harris, a Black trans woman from the Bronx, was found stabbed to death inside a Kingsbridge apartment building last Sunday. 
Demonstrators painted her face in memoriam. 
Elected officials are now calling for an open and public explanation of Stone’s arrest and also a temporary stop of the use of unmarked police vehicles. 
No arrests have been made in relation to Harris’ slaying. 
Police tell News 12 that the investigation is ongoing.


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