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Black Lives Matter 'occupies' New York City's City Hall and demands the firing of NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Black Lives Matter won’t rest until justice is served across the board.
The new generation activist group congregated outside of City Hall in New York City yesterday demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio fire NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Nearly 100 BLM protestors met in front of City Hall before noon and committed to sleeping in the park that sits in front of the government building until their demands are met.
According to the NY Daily News, protestors gathered for workshops, group strategy and speeches and a major rally that began around 6 p.m. last night. In addition to Bill Bratton’s dismissal, Black Lives Matter protestors demanded “an end to Broken Windows policing, a strategy that aggressively enforces petty offenses to maintain law and order, money for victims of police brutality and a defunding of the NYPD.”
Various protestors shared their reasons for lobbying outside City Hall with the NY Daily News. One woman, Alexis Smalls, said she was there “on behalf of residents of Far Rockaway” while carrying an “orange sign shaped like a life preserver reading ‘preserve our communities'” while Nicholas Heyward Sr., a father whose 13-year-old son was slain by the NYPD for playing with a toy gun, was in attendance to demand Bill Bratton be fired while holding a sign that read, “what can we expect from a cop who considers youth a disease?”
Unfortunately, Mayor de Blasio is standing in support of Commissioner Bratton, saying, he’s done “an extraordinary job.”
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