Ryan Devereaux+ Your Authors @rdevro reporter @theintercept — immigration. criminal justice. national security. Jun. 04, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Another day, another big ass march coming through Brooklyn.

Taking a knee.

Comment from a woman filming as the protest passes by: “Fucking Flatbush, my fucking neighborhood. Hell yeah.”

“Thank you guys!” a man on the sidewalk adds.

Folks here seem to be feeling it — perhaps because this neighborhood has been insanely over-policed for years.

Will never forget the protests here in 2013, after the police gunned down 16-year-old Kimani Gray in front of his friends and neighbors.

Some of the rawest displays of community outrage I’ve ever witnessed — @macfathom and I wrote about it here  https://www.villagevoice.com/2013/03/20/everybody-wants-a-piece-of-kimani-gray/ 

Police have exited their vans and are now following a group of protesters through Brooklyn — a noticeable change in posture from a few moments ago

Here at Flatbush and Bergen, the police have lined the street shoulder to shoulder — organizers are calling it a night, urging people not to instigate the cops and coordinating group travel home

Meanwhile, over near the Barclays Center, a separate group of few hundred protesters are being closely followed by a seemingly equal number of police

At least among these two groups, I’ve seen a very deliberate to vocalize that they are non-violent all night — the message feels directed at both participants and police


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