Protesters and police clash during Wednesday’s march against the police killing of Kimani Gray. Shortly after the march began, police blocked the crowd from crossing the street, protesters tried to cross the street while they had the light but police on scooters drove into the crowd and parked on the sidewalk corner. A video that was released on Youtube shows cops shoving and throwing protesters who has their hands raised defensively. After attempting to arrest someone, protesters ran back into the into the crowd. After the first clash, protesters pushed through police scooters and took the streets. The majority of the activists and live streamers were left behind when the NYPD closed the gap but those who got through marched in the street chanting “Fuck The Police!” and “Justice For Kiki!”. The crowd consisted mainly of young, black locals who were familiar with each other and personally knew Gray. Those who were left behind were mostly the same tamed activists who led today and Tuesday’s protest.
After playing cat and mouse with police, the NYPD caught up and forced us onto the sidewalk with scooters set snatch squads on corners to make random arrests. In total, 46 people were arrested, most were brutalized by police. Nearly half of the cop watch crew who attended, were arrested and a “Frozen Zone” was declared on Flatbush, banning media from the area and subjecting anyone to arrest for not following police orders. It basically means the area is under what seems like temporary martial law. The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 after rumors of a terrorist threat and during the OWS raid at Zuccotti Park when the media were banned from coming anywhere near two blocks of the park.