Protesters calling for the immediate resignation of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, as well as the defunding of the police department on the whole, began their second day in City Hall Park this morning, after a night spent evading arrest through the strategic use of a nearby privately-owned public space.

In a callback to the tactics of Occupy Wall Street, the various organizations behind #shutdowncityhall made a coordinated retreat from City Hall Park a little after 11 p.m. yesterday, after the NYPD announced the park would be closing at midnight. The approximately 100 protesters immediately relocated nearby to the 24-hour privately-owned public space adjacent to 8 Spruce Street, where they spent the early hours of the morning, before returning to City Hall Park when it opened at 6 a.m.

Throughout Monday, the coalition of groups, led by Millions March NYC, a group that formed following the death of Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, held teach-ins, distributed flyers, and rallied against the NYPD and its commissioner Bill Bratton, vowing to keep a presence in City Hall Park until the commissioner resigns. (Bratton announced last week that he would step down in 2017.)

“With this action, we wanted to draw the line between reformists and abolitionists,” Joel, an organizer with Millions March NYC who declined to give his last name, told Gothamist. “They’ve been promising reform for generations. They throw us these bones while they talk amongst themselves to maintain the social relations that exist. But nothing has changed. The police in this country have been killing black people for 397 years. We go to sleep knowing someone has been killed by police, and wake up just to see another.”

A rally early yesterday evening demonstrated the breadth and coordination of the protest, which seeks to unify several groups under the banner of abolishing the NYPD, while keeping the quasi-occupation focused and peaceful. “Community Agreements” were posted throughout the park, as organizers reiterated throughout the day that only groups committed to the abolition of the NYPD would be allowed to join the protests. An orientation guide was also distributed, describing the aims of the movement and the guidelines of the occupation.

At the rally, which peaked at approximately 250 people, speakers from different anti-police groups across the city shared the stage with groups from other oppressed communities expressing solidarity. One T-shirt read, “Not gay as in happy, Queer as in fuck the police.”

Vienna Rye, one of the organizers of the event, told the crowd the demands of the occupation, something that multiple speakers would come back to for the rest of the evening. In addition to the resignation of Bratton and the defunding of the NYPD, protesters are also calling for the end of the broken windows method of policing, as well as reparations for victims of racist policing.

The families of Nicholas Heyward Jr. and Akai Gurley, two young people of color who were killed in what were deemed accidental shootings by the NYPD, spoke at the rally, expressing both dismay that the NYPD continues to kill people of color, and hope that this type of radical movement will bring about actual change.

“Ken Thompson’s allegiance is to the police department,” Hertencia Petersen, the aunt of Akai Gurley, told the crowd, referring to the Brooklyn District Attorney, who recommended no jail time for her nephew’s killer. “He promised to salvage what little trust the community had in the police department. His campaign pledge was that he wouldn’t let officers act as if they’re above the law. So why is there still a different kind of law for police officers?”

Speakers also connected housing policy to policing throughout the rally, focusing on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, which some have argued will accelerate gentrification in already vulnerable neighborhoods.

“The mayor’s housing plan was created by developers, and it’s going to make sure that we become second-class citizens in our own goddamned neighborhoods,” said Imani Henry, an organizer at Equality for Flatbush. “It’s going to make sure that if you make under $25,000 a year, the only place you can live is in the New York shelter system. How do you feel about that?”

After the rally, protesters ate dinner in the park and counted down the minutes until the eventual order to leave by the NYPD. Organizers reminded protestors throughout the evening that a plan was in place for where to go when the NYPD—which had already brought out an LRAD sound weapon and correction department buses for mass arrests—made their request for everyone to leave the park.

At 11 p.m., once the demand to vacate was made, protestors quickly followed organizers to 8 Spruce Street. The NYPD immediately backed off, as members of its legal department walked into the park to take notes on what the actual rules of the space were (no lying down, no camping, no loud music, etc.).

With less than 100 protesters in the publicly-owned private space, the police decided to let them remain, provided they follow rules that were put in place post-Occupy Wall Street to avoid another long term occupation. But the protesters were prepared—mats arrived by truck and protesters began laying down on the adjacent sidewalks, where New Yorkers have the legal right to sleep provided they don't block more than half the sidewalk.

No arrests were made, and by daybreak, the protestors had moved back into City Hall Park to begin the second day of their peaceful occupation. The plan for tonight remains unclear…or just not made available to the NYPD or press.