Contact: Mandela Jones, 914-610-0942
*MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY APRIL 30, 1 PM*
WHAT: Press conference to demand end to violent, hyper-aggressive policing and arrests of protesters
WHERE: 1 Police Plaza, Lower Manhattan
WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 1 p.m.
WHO: State Senator Gustavo Rivera
Assemblyman Michael Blake
Assemblyman Walter Mosley
Make The Road NY
New York Communities for Change
(list in formation)
WHY: Yesterday, thousands of New Yorkers gathered in Union Square to protest
the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed Black man who was killed in Baltimore while in police custody. From the moment the march left Union Square, NYPD officers “violently repell[ed] peaceful demonstrators,” barricading protesters and escalating the situation with an aggressive show of force. Protesters were grabbed at random and arrested. As protests continued throughout the evening, so did the arrests, with many peaceful protesters facing excessive force and needless aggression by NYPD – the very problem they were protesting in the first place.
The NYPD must respect New Yorkers right to peacefully protest. Their primary responsibility is to serve and protect New Yorkers, not attack them for exercising free speech in protest to police violence and aggression.