Hundreds of New Yorkers were arrested this Tuesday, June 2, after taking to the streets to protest systemic racism and police brutality.
Activists nationwide have organized demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by Minneapolis police last week. Included in those actions was a peaceful demonstration at 5pm last night outside of New York City’s Stonewall Inn, the site of the famed uprising against a police raid in June 1969.
Demonstrators at Stonewall also held a vigil to mourn the loss of Tony McDade, a Black trans man fatally shot by police in Tallahassee, Florida, last week, and other Black LGBTQ folks killed by police.
Black LGBTQ speakers addressed the crowd, which reportedly numbered in the hundreds.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented a controversial curfew beginning at 8pm each night and lasting until 5am through Monday, June 8, but that didn’t keep activists off the streets. Stonewall aside, actions ran the gamut across the city’s five boroughs, including protests in Downtown Brooklyn, lower Manhattan, and the Upper East Side, where demonstrators marched toward the mayor’s residence at Gracie Mansion.
Sadly, actions across the city ended in violence from police for many protestors—including drag queen and The Marti Report host Marti Gould Cummings, who was arrested, handcuffed, and “never told rights,” and ACT UP NYC facilitator and social media manager Jason Rosenberg, who suffered a broken arm and needed nine staples in the head after being beaten by police.
Just got out of jail. Was arrested at 8:15. Released 7:20. Denied phone call. Never told rights. In cuffs for four hours. No clean masks. Most cops not wearing masks.
I’ll be donating $500 to bail fund to help others today
— Marti 2021 (@MartiGCummings) June 3, 2020
We finally made it home. Luckily the ER was wrong in saying I need surgery. A broken humerus with a brace, 9 staples, and some scrapes. Let’s start the healing and keep protesting from home. pic.twitter.com/Yzt6S9eIp6
— Jason Rosenberg (@mynameisjro) June 3, 2020
“We were peaceful,” Rosenberg tweeted. “We linked our arms in civil disobedience, not resisting arrest. We were beaten. Fuck anyone who tries to say otherwise. Tony McDade, you were not murdered in cold blood by the police in [vain].”
As of this morning, the Legal Aid Society estimates that “roughly 400 New Yorkers citywide” have been languishing in detention centers for over 24 hours, a violation of the city’s 24-hour arrest-to-arraignment laws.
Update: As of this morning, 295 NYers in Manhattan alone have been languishing in detention for 24+ hours, deprived of their right to quickly see a judge and needlessly placed at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Total count held 24+ hours citywide is now roughly 400 NYers. https://t.co/Ph0CrCTt0w
— The Legal Aid Society (@LegalAidNYC) June 3, 2020
Legal Aid has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department demanding detainees be released, according to The City.
In total, more than 2,000 New Yorkers have been arrested at anti-police brutality protests over the past six days.