Over 50 arrests during New York rally against police brutality
An uncontrolled crowd flooded the streets of Harlem on Friday night. Protesters broke turnstiles in the subway, attacked buses and police patrol cars, speaking out against the use of excessive force and cruelty by local police.
“F--- cops and every racist, fascist person out here," a protester who identified herself as Alicia, 22, of the Bronx, told the New York Post. "These are our neighborhoods."
In response to the riots, the New York police opposed an army of police officers who tried to restrain dissatisfied citizens. According to rough estimates, about 60 people were arrested during the rally.
The NYPD brought out an incredible number of cops to repress the #FTP march in Harlem tonite. One can only imagine how much money went into repressing the protest tonite. Cops spent the night making numerous violent arrests & trying to keep the protesters from taking the streets. pic.twitter.com/ZkLU6XklT9— Ash J (@AshAgony) November 23, 2019
In recent years, New York authorities are increasingly trying to "regain some order.", exclusively by increasing the army of the police. Several viral videos clearly show that the police react inappropriately to stowaways by arresting unarmed teenagers using weapons.
In case you’re wondering how an arrest in NYC goes down. The guy has made absolutely no indication that he would flee or fight and wasn’t trying to hide.— Elad Nehorai (@PopChassid) October 25, 2019
If you can’t see, the reason everyone moved was because all the police had taken out their guns and aimed at him. pic.twitter.com/dAstrtMntz
The final nail in the coffin of patience, was the news of attracting more than 500 new police officers to control the situation in the subway. It is worth mentioning that many New Yorkers live on the poverty line and not everyone can afford to pay an exorbitant price for travel in the subway.
According to Bloomberg, last year, the MTA lost more than $ 215 million due to stowaways, so it was decided to hire half a thousand cops to catch low-income citizens. According to official figures, the salary of a New York police officer can reach 100 thousand dollars a year. It’s easy to calculate that it’s cheaper for the city authorities to spend an additional $ 50 million on police salaries than to make travel more affordable.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. also supported the protesters.
“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 2, 2019
Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community.
New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other. https://t.co/asvidIe5zV
Immediately after the start of the strike, The New York Police Department on Twitter advised people to choose alternative routes because of protests in the the area of 125th St in Upper Manhattan.
ADVISORY: Due to protest activity in the the area of 125th St in Upper Manhattan, expect vehicular traffic, mass transit disruptions & a heavy presence of emergency personnel in the area. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time. pic.twitter.com/1p8z3jNzuM— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 22, 2019