Saturday’s nationwide actions against police killings and racial profiling included a “Millions March” that drew tens of thousands to the streets of New York City. It was the largest single protest of the post-Ferguson movement and the culmination of daily actions in New York City since a grand jury elected not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner. After gathering in Washington Square Park, a massive crowd spanned dozens of city blocks as it marched uptown before turning around and closing at police headquarters downtown. Democracy Now!’s Aaron Maté and Samantha Riddell were in the streets to speak to the protesters who came out, and the young black organizers who made it happen.
Tens of thousands of Americans across the country joined in massive marches against the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, as well as the non-indictment of police officers in two of the cases.
The time-lapse video, uploaded by YouTube user Vinay Pulim on Sunday, shows the view from New York’s Sixth Ave and 29th Street, with people marching past the site for around 1.5 hours. The sped-up footage lasts less than 30 seconds, and manages to show the incredible number of people who joined the mass rally.
More than 250 protesters blocked Oakland’s downtown police headquarters for more than four hours Monday morning, including some who chained themselves to the front doors and one who clambered up a flagpole.
A total of 25 protesters were arrested for blocking access to a public building and obstructing or delaying a police officer, among other charges, Officer Johnna Watson said.
The mostly peaceful protest by Black Lives Matter began about 7:30 a.m. outside the police administration building at 455 Seventh St. and ended about 1:35 p.m.