Here's the latest:
- Over A Thousand Cyclists Travel From Brooklyn To Manhattan On Solidarity Protest Ride
- Black Lives Matter Demonstrators Protest ICE At 88th Precinct In Brooklyn
- Protestors Demand Justice For Maurice Gordon In Newark
- More Than 1,000 People Gather In Washington Square Park For 12th Day of Protests
- City Workers March Against De Blasio To Protest NYPD's Violent Treatment Of Demonstrators
- Judge Rules NYPD Must Include DAs' Lists Of Officers With Credibility Problem In Red Flag Database
7:30 p.m. Over a thousand cyclists biked their way from Brooklyn to Manhattan as part of a Black Lives Matter solidarity ride Monday evening. The ride started at Grand Army Plaza just before 6:30 p.m., and made its way to Atlantic Avenue and then Bedford Avenue; the riders then crossed over on the roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge, snaked through lower Manhattan, and started biking up the West Side Highway.
Along the way, there was lots of cheering and seemingly supportive honking—and probably some not-so-supportive honking from drivers who had to wait for the cyclists to pass them.
A large group of the cyclists looped around over the Manhattan Bridge, and headed back toward Barclays Center. Some cyclists were snared in traffic on the roadway of that bridge, with several people getting flat tires—and at least one driver running over a person's foot.
A small splinter group, which headed north on the West Side Highway instead of south, staged their own mini-protest in Manhattan before also heading back to Brooklyn. Cyclists who chose to try to go across the Brooklyn Bridge had to get off to walk because of how crowded it is right now.
Ernie, a 38-year-old Brooklyn resident, told Gothamist the ride has been entirely peaceful. "[We're] riding, yelling, having a good time, making people's nights who are in the streets, maybe making some people uncomfortable, but that's alright, that's what we're here for," he said over a cacophony of shouts and honks.
Black Lives Matter Demonstrators Protest ICE At 88th Precinct In Brooklyn
6:45 p.m. About 250 Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside the 88th Precinct stationhouse in Clinton Hill tonight to call for the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Protesters say ICE officers were seen at the station over the weekend, and a video posted to Twitter appears to show the precinct's commanding officer confirming that ICE is "assisting" the NYPD but is "not here to target immigrants."
Under New York’s sanctuary policies, the NYPD's coordination with ICE is supposed to be strictly limited. When the NYPD has detained an undocumented person, they are only allowed to notify ICE if the suspect has been convicted of a list of 170 violent crimes. But immigrant advocates say the NYPD has routinely overstepped the Sanctuary City guidelines to facilitate ICE arrests. Last week, a video surfaced that appeared to show the NYPD assisting ICE in arresting a protester during a march on the Upper West Side.
Richard Foust, 57, lives in a public housing apartment complex across the street from the precinct, but was on the street with the demonstrators when the anti-ICE protest started. "These people are standing up for unjust things going on in the country," he said. "The last time I seen something like this is when the Black Panthers was around. Like Malcolm X said years ago: 'A man with a badge and a gun is legal to kill a n-----.'"
One protester, who gave her name as Sasha, carried a sign that said: "ABOLISH POLICE, ICE AND PRISONS." She said she was demonstrating because, "the system is racist."
The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the 88th Precinct's degree of cooperation with ICE.
UPDATE June 9th: The NYPD has issued the following statement about their cooperation with ICE and Homeland Security Investigations [HSI]: "During these unprecedented events, significant resources have been deployed to address the spike in looting and commercial burglaries, implement a citywide curfew and address the spike in violent crime. This includes a robust effort to bolster the NYPD’s Patrol resources.
"For a limited time, HSI, FBI, and the New York State Police assisted narrowly with NYPD operations during the demonstrations. HSI was limited to stationhouse security as the Department was receiving threat information regarding attempts to take over precincts. The scope of their support did not expand beyond that assistance and had nothing to do with immigration enforcement."
Protestors Demand Justice For Maurice Gordon In Newark
5 p.m. Hundreds of protesters once again gathered in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday to demand an end to police brutality. In particular, demonstrators said they were angry at the killing of another black man right in their backyard: Maurice Gordon was shot six times by a state trooper during a traffic stop on the Garden State Parkway on May 23rd, two days before George Floyd's death.
Protesters chanted "enough is enough" just as the New Jersey Attorney General's Office released audio and video recordings of the fatal shooting.
The rally was led by Larry Hamm of the People's Organization for Progress, who is also running in the primary against Senator Cory Booker. Police presence was minimal; a handful of officers on motorcycles drove alongside protesters as they marched from the Peter Rodino federal building to Military Park.
Protester Thomas Ibiang, a lifelong Newark resident who goes by the name "Afrika," said cities can't just implement police reforms, they have to re-imagine the entire institution. "The police are public servants, let them be public servants," he said. "If you're a public servant you shouldn't be kneeling on someone's neck for nine minutes what kind of public servant is that?"
Activists are calling on a statewide march to Trenton on June 30th.
More Than 1,000 People Gather In Washington Square Park For 12th Day of Protests
4:30 p.m. More than a thousand protesters have gathered at Washington Square Park for what is expected to be a march along Fifth Avenue toward Bryant Park.
The demonstration is one of many taking place across the city on the second day after Mayor Bill de Blasio ended the 8 p.m. curfew. It remains to be seen how long the demonstrations will continue as states begin to enact reforms. On Monday, New York's legislature moved to pass a ban on chokeholds, one of several bills expected to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Coming amid a backdrop of a pandemic, the protests in New York City have generated acts of goodwill. Several businesses have opened up their bathrooms for protesters.
Volunteers have regularly brought food and water to hand out to protesters. On Monday at Washington Square Park, one vendor was spotted giving away free ices from a cart.
Check back for more updates as the evening progresses.
City Workers March Against De Blasio To Protest NYPD's Violent Treatment Of Demonstrators
11:00 a.m. Hundreds of city workers assembled at City Hall on Monday morning to march in protest against Mayor Bill de Blasio's handling of the NYPD during recent demonstrations against police violence.
The demonstrators had originally said they would march 14 miles to Gracie Mansion, the mayor's official residence on the Upper East Side. But the march instead headed over the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza.
“The tale of two cities is not about the rich and poor; it’s about the police and the rest of us," said Ifeoma Ike, who previously worked as an executive director for the city’s Young Men’s initiative.
At the start of the march, Ike told the crowd that the mayor "pimps out his family," a reference to accusations made by former and current staffers of color that the mayor invokes his black wife and children in staff emails and public statements as a way to deflect any criticisms of his policies. The Root reported on Monday that "a small coalition of former and current female staffers of color for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote a letter condemning the former presidential candidate for overseeing years-long marginalization of their voices."
A source in the Mayor's Office separately told Gothamist that the letter matched her own experiences as a woman of color working for de Blasio, who she described as being over-reliant on a close circle of white male advisors. The mayor's "dismissiveness to our voices struck a note," she added. "He claims to be an ally but doesn’t do the work."
Monday marks the 12th day of protests in New York City following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On Sunday evening, after the mayor ended a citywide curfew one day early, there were no reports of any major arrests or violent clashes with large groups.
Last week, more than 400 current and former employees under the de Blasio administration penned an open letter denouncing the mayor’s refusal to reign in the NYPD's aggressive and violent tactics against protesters. Among their demands was for the mayor to cut $1 billion from the NYPD’s nearly $6 billion operating budget, fire of all the police officers found to have used excessive force during protests—or to have covered their badges—and release their disciplinary records.
Although de Blasio played down the internal uproar, he announced on Sunday that he would be removing an unspecified amount from the NYPD budget and directing the funds to youth programs and social services.
"I’d like to see numbers. I’d like to see actions not words," said Anna Strizich, 32, who currently works for the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, who was among those attending Monday's march.
One New York City public health worker who asked not to be named said she was especially incensed by the mayor's handling of the covid crisis, calling it reckless and "putting the lives of black and brown New Yorkers in danger."
Echoing previous reports of anger within the city Health Department, which has been sidelined in the mayor's tracing initiative, she said the mayor had effectively vetoed and silenced the opinions of public health staffers.
Among those spotted in the crowd of protesters was Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the city's deputy health commissioner.
On Monday morning, de Blasio dismissed reports circulating on Twitter that he had fired Police Commissioner Dermot Shea along with Terence Monahan, the chief of department and the highest-ranked uniformed police officer.
Saying that the reports were "just plain false," de Blasio praised both men. Throughout the crisis, the mayor has steadfastly defended the work of the police officers while also maintaining that he would hold them accountable for improper conduct.
“He is doing some really, really good work," he said of Shea, before adding, "But I except to continue the work of change and reform in the NYPD.”
Here's a running list of protests scheduled for Monday, June 8th:
9 a.m.: Solidarity Against Violence at Met Foodmarket (739 Nostrand Avenue)
1 p.m.: Student-led march Dekalb Avenue and Fort Green Place
2 p.m.: One University Plaza
2:30 p.m.: Borough Hall
3 p.m.: 130 Livingston Plaza
9:30 a.m.: City Hall Park
2 p.m.: CRCM press conference at 1 Police Plaza
4 p.m.: Washington Square Park
4 p.m.: Skaters for BLM at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue
8:30 a.m.: LIC 10-25 41st Avenue
11 a.m.: Roy Wilkins Center
2 p.m.: Queens Supreme Court
2:30 p.m.: Kew Gardens Criminal Court
3:30 p.m.: 34th Avenue and 69th Street
5 p.m.: Legislative Teach-in at 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
11 a.m: Clean-up at PS 11 Ogden Avenue
2 p.m.: 161st Courthouse
2:30 p.m.: Bronx Supreme Court
4 p.m.: Eastchester and Gun Hill Road
(Protest schedule via BLM - Say Their Names)