Hands up don’t shoot, New York City

Hands up don’t shoot, New York City

  • Source: Trang Ánh Nam
  • Year: 2014
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann



In the late summer of 2014 thousands of people took to the streets of New York City, in part to show their support for the protesters in Ferguson. People gathered at Union Square, Bed-Stuy, Queens and Harlem for a social media-led National Moment of Silence in support of victims of police brutality. The crowd in Union Square chanted the Ferguson slogan “hands up, don’t shoot.” Protesters held signs showing the photos and names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both men were killed by police officers in the last month. Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson on August 9. Brown was unarmed; the circumstances of his shooting are still unclear. Garner, 43, died of a fatal heart attack after being pinned to the ground in a chokehold while being arrested for peddling cigarettes on Staten Island. Garner’s arrest was recorded by a citizen in his neighborhood and Garner can be heard screaming, “I can’t breath,” while being detained in a chokehold and pushed to the ground. Protesters in Union Square also chanted, “I can’t breathe,” in reference to Garner’s death. The growing swath of individuals in Union Square gave shape to an impromptu march through the city — north up Broadway and into Times Square, walking against traffic. After reaching Times Square, hundreds of individuals broke away into the Theater District at 42nd Street and 9th Avenue — which is where police officers barricaded the area, trapping and kettling the protesters on the sidewalk. At least four arrests were documented, but most of the protesters were released in groups by the police. The entire march, including the confrontation with police, was captured by protesters and shared in real-time. One protester known only as “James From the Internet” used the Livestream website to share live video from the protest, including the barricade at Times Square. During the last hour of the protest, James’ stream was being watched by more than 13,000 viewers. For the full video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzx4QMcq9Xo

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