Protesters flood NYC to rally against death of George Floydby Craig McCarthy, Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Alex Taylor
Hundreds of protesters flooded Manhattan’s Foley Square on Friday afternoon as the outrage over the police-custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota extended to the Big Apple for a second day.
At least three marchers were taken into custody after scuffles with police, many of which were captured by videos and photos from the scene.
One protester can be seen on video knocking a cop’s hat off his head before other cops chased and cuffed him.
A female demonstrator can be seen struggling as police tried to bind her wrists with plastic cuffs.
It was unclear how many people were arrested by late Friday afternoon; the NYPD did not immediately say what charges were issued.
“We have to step up to the plate people . . . we have to stand up,” Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died while being restrained by police in 2014, said at the rally, which was hosted by Justice League NYC. “I do not condone violence, but I understand it.”
Protesters also called on Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office to charge Amy Cooper, who called the cops on a black man in Central Park.
More than 70 other protesters were arrested after clashing with police Thursday night while marching from Union Square to City Hall and then on to the World Trade Center site.
Protesters tossed water bottles at cops’ heads and one cop was injured after having a trash can thrown at him, police sources said. One protester was charged with possessing a knife and another with assaulting an officer — for the trash-can toss.
Another protester tried to grab a cop’s gun, sources said.