Protest at Foley Square calls for justice in George Floyd case, Central Park incident

A protest at Foley Square in Manhattan Friday demanded justice for George Floyd and remembered others who have been killed at the hands of police officers.

News 12 Staff

May 29, 2020, 4:12 PM

Updated 1,459 days ago

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A protest at Foley Square in Manhattan Friday demanded justice for George Floyd and remembered others who have been killed at the hands of police officers.
Police told News 12 that nine individuals had been arrested, but no charges were detailed at this time.
Several organizations came together to promote the We Can’t Breathe Rally, as did the sister of Eric Garner, who died in 2015 after being placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer.
News 12 spoke to members of Black Lives Matter who were traveling to Minneapolis to march and demand murder charges against the officers involved in Floyd’s death. It was released Friday afternoon that the police officer seen in the video kneeling on Floyd had been arrested and charged with third-degree murder.
Since his death, massive protests have taken place in the city of Minneapolis. Video captured buildings, and even a police precinct, on fire as protesters clashed with police. 
Activists are demanding national change, asking the government to sign the I Can’t Breathe Act, a bill that would charge an officer with murder for criminal negligence and failure to provide medical care.
Protesters marched to District Attorney Cy Vance’s office to demand the arrest of Amy Cooper, the woman who made a false call to police claiming she was being threatened by a black man.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo commented about the protests over Floyd's death.“Enough is enough," he said. "How many times do you have to see the same lesson replayed before you do something? This country is better than this, it has been better than this and it shouldn’t take this long to end basic discrimination and basic injustice.”
"I have to acknowledge, when I was growing up, I never had to wonder if a police officer would stop me and treat me negatively because of who I was,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. "For all of us who happen to be white, we haven't walked a mile in the shoes of our brothers and sisters who are people of color.”
 
 
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