Over the years, protests and rallies have followed in the wake of fatal police brutality incidents. This week was no exception as hundreds got in formation and marched through the streets of New York City following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
The fathers’ final moments were caught on camera and resonated with celebrities, politicians and even fellow officers driving questions of racial profiling and unlawful police practices being used throughout the country. Kicking off in Union Square, protesters marched west to Fifth Avenue, with some making their way towards the West Highway and others, towards the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. There was also a protest in Newark, NJ.
Comedian and former Daily Show contributor Jessica Williams called for those taking part in the conversation online to let their voices be heard outside of the timeline.
— Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) July 7, 2016
At the protest in Union Square. If you can make it, come. We need you.
— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) July 7, 2016
Union square. NYC 2016 pic.twitter.com/7j1piW50ig
— PICTUREPLANE (@pictureplane) July 7, 2016
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) July 7, 2016
— Ema O’Connor (@o_ema) July 7, 2016
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 7, 2016
Despite a storm warning in effect, the march continued. Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake, the officers involved in the shooting of Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., have been placed on administrative leave.
On Thursday (June 7), it was announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct an investigation in Minnesota where Castile lost his life to the hands of an identified police officer. His death was captured on Facebook Live by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds when the couple was pulled over for a broken taillight.
According to CBS News, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio shared his thoughts on the growing number of African Americans dying in police custody. “No parent of color or parent of a child of color in this country can watch that and not be afraid. you fear for the life of a child when you see a situation like this,” he said.
Just says before the deaths of Sterling and Castile, Delrawn Small, 37, was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer during a road rage incident in East New York. On Monday (June 6), Wayne Isaacs, 37, shot an unarmed Small three times after he allegedly reached into the officer’s car. The New York Daily News reports a probe would follow to see if the officer’s actions were justified.
Meanwhile, a peaceful protest took place in Philadelphia which ended in a church. Actress Susan Sarandon was reportedly present.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) July 7, 2016
— Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones) July 7, 2016
Black Lives Matter protest in Philly. pic.twitter.com/C1sXK7O63S
— Stephanie Farr (@FarFarrAway) July 7, 2016
— ty (@1tyra_) July 7, 2016