Hundreds Protest Against NYPD Killing In Brooklyn Despite Heavy Police Presence
200+ came out today to protest the NYPD killing of Kimani Gray.
Police outnumbered the protest 3 to 1 with officers on foot with riot gear (6th photo), on rooftops (2nd photo), on ‘interceptors’ (last photo) and on horses (7th photo) and at least two officers were stationed on each corner in a 10 block radius.
Officers from the “Disorder Control Unit" was deployed to suppress the march which was heading towards the 67th precinct to demand justice. The Disorder Control Unit are meant to police riots and civil unrest in the NYC area.
In 2011, a document was posted online by Occupiers detailing the purpose of the DCU. The first point on the document says officers must “Always have disorder control equipment, including helmet and baton, ready for immediate use." and maintain "A strong military appearance,”
At approx. 5:30, police made their first arrest. Officers violently charged into the crowd who were on the sidewalk and arrested a random person (5th photo).
About 20 minutes later, an officer on a scooter targeted a live streamer by driving into him and ripping his charger off of his equipment, killing the stream. The battery fell behind police line and officers did not allow him to retrieve it for about 10 minutes.
The NYPD were seen carrying a LRAD-X (3rd photo), a ‘non-lethal’ weapon which can by used to emit harmful and painful sounds. It is used as a crowd control weapon but has proven to cause permanent ear damage and even deafness.