Aaron Short et al., New York Post, December 23, 2014
More than 1,000 anti-cop protesters defied Mayor Bill de Blasio and flooded Manhattan on Tuesday evening, marching through the Fifth Avenue shopping district before heading uptown.
“The mayor says stop that, we say f–k that!” the mob chanted at one point.
“NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” the protesters shouted.
The demonstrators, some carrying a banner that read “Stop Racist Police Terror,” started marching south from 59th Street on the sidewalks, but later blocked traffic on Fifth and Madison avenues.
They then turned around and started marching toward Harlem to demonstrate in front of a police station house.
“We’re protesting tonight because the mayor specifically said not to,” said marcher Tarik Grand, 25, of Brooklyn.
Anti-cop protests have been roiling the city since a Staten Island grand jury on Dec. 3 voted not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
But on Monday, de Blasio–who has staunchly defended the right to protest peacefully–urged a halt to the demonstrations until after the funerals of cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were shot without warning as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn.