More than 120 Arrested as Cops and Freddie Gray Protesters Clash in NY

Ashley Collman and James Nye, Daily Mail, April 30, 2015

Outrage over the unexplained death of a black man in Baltimore, Maryland prompted nationwide protests against police brutality on Wednesday from Houston to Boston.

Baltimore has been the scene of near-nightly protests ever since the April 19 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who is believed to have been fatally injured while in police custody.

However, the most dramatic protests Wednesday night happened in New York City, where a group of activists started an illegal march. According to the New York Post, more than 120 protesters were arrested by police officers trying to maintain order on the streets.

Activists started gathering after 5pm in New York’s Union Square, and quickly grew to more than 1,000. All the while, police warned over loud speakers that they would start making arrests if the group moved out of the park.

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Cops followed through on that threat when defiant leaders of the group started moving the masses onto the street–blocking traffic during the city’s rush hour.

Despite initial clashes with cops, the protest re-grouped several blocks to the west where they started marching northbound on the sidewalk of a major highway. Police appear to have left the protesters pretty much alone, escorting them on their march and only intervening when they stepped out into the streets.

At one point, the group formed a line at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel on the city’s west side–one of the major exits off the island to New Jersey.

The student-led protest in Baltimore began around 5:30pm at John Hopkins University and quickly grew to include more than 1,000 as they made their way to city hall holding signs reading ‘black lives matter’ and ‘black youth are not thugs’.

In one segment of the demonstration, protesters could be heard chanting: ‘Back up, back up, we want freedom. All these racist-a** cops we don’t need them.’

Gray’s death is just the latest to be connected to the national issue of police violence towards African Americans, inspiring protests not only in Baltimore but in several other major cities across the country. As the youth of Baltimore marched Wednesday evening, twin protests sprung up across the country following demonstrations in Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri the night before.

‘It’s great, the young people are doing what they should be doing. They should be sending a message that they want answers,’ Baltimore Councilman Brandon Scott told the Baltimore Sun.

Diondre ‘Grim’ Jackson was one of the students marching Wednesday night, and he said he is ‘living proof there is goodness. . .in this community.’

‘Everyone says youth have no voice. This is showing them youth are willing to use their voice for justice,’ the senior at Frederick Douglass High School told the Baltimore Sun.

Towson University student Koren Johnson, 19, one of the march’s organizers, added: ‘We do have opinions. We’re the ones getting murdered in the streets.’

Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 for carrying a switchblade and within an hour was in hospital for serious spinal injuries. He died a week later, and the Department of Justice is currently investigating whether the cops who arrested Gray are responsible for causing his fatal injuries.

After similar demonstrations turned to rioting and looting Monday night, Gov Larry Hogan instituted a mandatory 10pm to 5am curfew. About 2,000 National Guardsmen and 1,000 police officers will be enforcing the curfew.

For the second night in a row, the citizens of Baltimore complied with the curfew and the streets were cleared by the designated hour.

At an afternoon press conference, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said there were no major incidents on Wednesday. Batts’ press conference came just minutes after it was announced that about half of the protesters arrested in the rioting on Monday would be released without being charged. However, Batts said these individuals could be hit with charges later.

In solidarity with Boston, other demonstrations also look place in Washington, DC and Boston.

The protest in Boston started just before 8pm Wednesday night outside police headquarters, and the group of about 1,000 then moved towards Dudley Square with some chanting ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ and ‘no justice, no peace’.

The Boston police commissioner issued a statement, asking the protesters to remain peaceful.

‘We are concerned about the kids who show up at these protests hell bent on causing problems,’ Comissioner William Evans said. ‘It’s the small splinter groups such as Occupy. . . . We see them out at every protest.’

Meanwhile, a group in the nation’s capitol, just a half-hour north of Baltimore, marched from Chinatown to the White house to make their statement against police brutality.

‘I’m out here tonight because change has to happen,’ Maryland resident Sherita Sweeney, 30, told the Washington Post. ‘Sitting behind your laptop, tablet or cellphone complaining–you’re part of the problem, not the solution.’

In downtown Indianapolis, more than two dozen protesters marched around Monument Circle chanting ‘no racist police’ and carrying signs with slogans that included ‘I’m not scared of the apocalypse. I’m scared of a copalypse.’

Several dozen people have demonstrated at a busy Houston intersection to protest the death of a black man in the custody of Baltimore police.

About 50 people gathered Wednesday evening at the intersection near the south Houston campus of historically black Texas Southern University. Some were holding placards bearing such slogans as ‘Honk For Justice’ and ‘America’s Worst Nightmare.’

The protesters were outnumbered by the police presence that included officers mounted on horseback and flying overhead in a helicopter. An ambulance and a bus were on standby.

Earlier in the day, the Baltimore Orioles played the Chicago White Sox to an empty Camden Yards Stadium–after it was decided to ban spectators from the event due to safety concerns.

It was the first time in Major League baseball history that a game had been held without fans.

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  • Lygeia

    These are not “dramatic protests.”

    This is urban warfare.

    • Mack0

      On themselves.

  • Red

    The pictures from the original article have a quite few whites in them. As usual they look like hipsters or old hippies, but nonetheless they are there.

    I can only hope the media took great pains to over represent these whites when it came time to publish. They have to give a friendly face to all of this, right?

  • Oil Can Harry

    The NYPD appears to have prevented a riot. The Baltimore police could’ve done the same had they not been held back by Stephanie Rawlings-BLACK.

  • Jason Lewis

    I guess it’s thug solidarity. Didnt guy who killed the two NYPD officers hail from Baltimore?

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Careful Comrade: “Thug” is the new n-word.

      • Jason Lewis

        My thug.

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  • Rob

    These foolish whites are destroying themselves. I would never see blacks protesting if a white guy is killed by negro cops.

    • pennawhytmn

      Rob, I understand your frustration with Whites. But I have learned in life to let human nature run it’s course. With White people it takes patience. We are not knee-jerk reactionaries. We are not fond of rioting and looting, or even protesting. We have families to take care of, kids to raise. But over the course of the past year, I have seen some change in the attitudes of white people. We all have innate traits, and white people are not exempt. Many are now seeing what REAL “Black Culture” is. For many, it is quite an awakening.

      • AmericanRemnant

        Well said. We are by nature a kind generous tolerant people, but there are limits and those limits are being reached.

      • Ella

        Whites have to set boundaries to be healthy though and come terms that racialized politics have gone too far.

      • Jim Kental

        Just read Kipling’s SAXON poem. He knew that whites will take crap over and over again over a long time, and then suddenly explode in a fierce raging fury at their oppressors. The dumb blacks don’t realize that they are kicking a fierce lion who will chase them back to the jungles.

        • Lexonaut

          “The dumb blacks don’t realize that they are kicking a fierce lion who will chase them back to the jungles.”

          The danger here is that they will be used as the shock troops of the federal domestic army that Obama said years ago should exist and should be as well funded as the regular army.

          I’m not sure there’s going to be a 2016 presidential election. If enough riots happen, martial law will have to be declared nationwide. This will force the standing down of local police and national guard units, and it stands to reason that elections should not be held until calm has been restored.

          We’re on the cusp of dictatorship folks.

          • Alexandra1973

            They said that about the 2004 elections…but then again, Dubya’s white.

            All I can say there is, hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

          • ricpic

            My thoughts exactly. The communist impatience to take total control as quickly as possible after being legitimately elected is the usual pattern. The brain trust around Obama probably didn’t try anything (other than major cheating) in 2012 because it was confident he would be reelected. 2016 looks much more iffy for the next communist in line. Ergo a cancelled election and Obama for life.

      • Rob

        I hope so. I know some whites that no matetr what happens, they still act like blacks are the best race in the world and whites the worst. Imagining hating yourself. It is like hating your own body and not wanting to feed it. That is also called suicide.

        • They don’t matter. All groups have failures and genetic dead ends among them, and whites are no exception. Let the racial cuckolds self-extinguish. We don’t need or want their support anyway.

  • pennawhytmn

    And now chaos is beginning in Philadelphia. Yet another bastion of socialism and wonderful diversity. Let them get a good taste of cultural enrichment and some good old equality. Maybe when the Blacks destroy white run businesses and property, they can shout, “But I support affirmative action.”

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The rent-a-mob has arrived in New York.

    They don’t even know they are merely tools and useful idiots of larger forces,

    The professionally printed protest signs are provided by three groups:

    People’s Power Assembles – a pro Mumia group:

    Peoples Power Assemblies organize to empower workers & oppressed people to demand jobs, education & healthcare while fighting against racism, police terror, sexism & LGBT bigotry.

    The Party for Socialism and Liberation

    PSI is a working-class party of leaders and activists from many different struggles, founded to promote the movement for revolutionary change.

    Answer coalition:

    ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)

    These jerks agitate blacks and moronic Whites by promising to punish those who have wronged them – gotten rich off their backs, gouged them for rent, food and living expenses, kept them down and locked into ghettoes – by liquidating and redistributing the “haves’” ill-gotten gains and then liquidating the haves – the landlords, managers, etc.

    The promises, of course, never come to fruition – and eventually the downtrodden workers themselves are liquidated by the new “haves.”

    • Tarczan

      It is so obvious that these protests are orchestrated. It is ironic that the white lib kids think they are so enlightened and forward thinking, but in reality they are being manipulated and used by Soros and his kind.

    • AmericanRemnant

      Amen Brother! And doesn’t Soros look like something a taxidermist really screwed up?

      • InAFreeCountry

        Or something.

    • Lexonaut

      Paraphrasing Shakespeare, Upon what meat do these Oakland NBPP communists feed, that they have grown so great?

  • Michael Whalen

    The only thing stopping me from joining the demonstration is that I have a job to go to and a mortgage to pay.

    • listenupbub

      The only thing stopping me is an IQ above 80.

  • listenupbub

    I’m scared of the copalypse, too.

    • John Smith

      They’re the tip of the spear for those in power to oppress YT as well.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    The dum-dums on FOX are now seemingly beginning to glamorize the protests, with Geraldo talking about how well-thought out and educated the protesters are, and Greta Van Sustren talking about how “beautiful” a peaceful protest is.

    • pennawhytmn

      Look deeper. I think they are trying to show the “culture” of these “people”, how uneducated they are, and how logic and reason is missing from them, without coming right out and saying it.

  • AmericanRemnant

    The Marxists have been driving this race wedge hard for sometime culminating with exactly what is being played out, and artificially created. This is only the beginning of their latest move to destabilize this nation.

    • Ella

      And the US govt continues to import more Blacks from Africa and Caribbean as Black numbers would naturally decline in the US.

    • pennawhytmn

      The Japanese tried that too once, and all it accomplished was to “awaken a sleeping giant”. I have been seeing a lot of positive changes in attitudes here in Lilly Whitesville, small-town, U.S. it is easy for white people who have never seen diversity up close, to ow the narrative. Many can count the number of Black people they have seen in their lives. Attitudes are a changin’.

  • Tarczan

    There is a good chance riots will be coming to Cleveland. The trial is concluding in the police chase and shooting of two drugged up darkies in Cleveland, and it sounds like an acquital is coming. This will happen in the next week, as the defense has ended its portion of the trial.

    • John Smith

      Also, that niglet with the airsoft gun they shot last Fall.

      • The stupid kid drew it. That’s the last thing on earth one should do. The drill is to do exactly what one is told, making no sudden movements. He was only being a stupid kid, but that sometimes gets one dead, the way messing around in fast-moving water occasionally will.

        • Tarczan

          He didn’t draw it. He was walking around waving it and pointing it at people.

          • Weisheit77

            My memory may be rusty but I think he shot a few…
            And keep in mind, these are white city folk he was harassing. They couldn’t tell the difference between a sling-shot and a bazooka. I’m sure if the police had known it was a bb gun they would have proceeded differently .

    • Alexandra1973

      I’m about 35 miles south of Cleveland myself. I should probably tune in once in a while and see what’s going on there.

      • Tarczan

        The reports now are it will be beyond next week for a verdict, but it sounds like innocent. I don’t think there will be riots unless they are helped along by agitators..

  • Hilis Hatki

    So, every time a criminal kills someone we go to that neighborhood and loot-riot because we fear a thugalypse.

    In America a person should be able to commit crimes without the fear of suffering injury or death.

  • Vyncennt

    “black youth are not thugs”

    Not even black youth believes that.

  • Raymond Kidwell

    When you have college textbooks, college professors, PBS, NBC, The New York Times etc. giving lectures, speeches, articles etc. essentially saying that black arrests are due to racism, black failure is due to white racism, white males control the world, we must not give whites what they want, we must take away power from the white male controlled establishment, we should do this by any means necessary including violence etc. well it’s logical that people will react to this and burn down a city.

    When I complained about a college textbook that had some of those quotes in it “we shouldn’t give whites what they want” “whites are racists” etc. the school told me not to come back to class and finish the class independently. Obviously if I wrote the New York Times etc. my letter is unlikely to be published.

    Would you not consider this terrorism when a city is burned down, billions of dollars of damage (more damage than the world trade centers or terrorist bombings), lives lost, people’s entire life savings wiped away over night, people assaulted etc.? Why is there not anybody in law enforcement, FBI, in the school system, in the media etc. who will even let one peep come out at least arguing against this philosophy? Why can’t someone like me go on TV and say, just as a counter point, all white people are not racists, that violence is not the answer, we shouldn’t hate whites or the establishment etc.? If you do go online and say this YOU will be the one under investigation for terrorism even if you have not committed a crime, have no plans to commit a crime, never indicated that you will commit a crime, but simply speak against the people who are raping, looting, killing, calling for violence, breaking federal discrimination laws etc.

    Surely I think a lot of these white nationalists are crazy, possibly dangerous. But at the same time, they don’t hold the power. They aren’t the ones inciting school kids to do violence or triggering massive protests or violent riots.

    When I was in the very same school they tried to encourage black people to get angry and “beat me up” for simply saying that a college textbook was racially offensive to me. This seems to be their tactic. If they encourage someone else to do the crimes they aren’t guilty, but legally they are. But we should also be concerned about a philosophy that wants to over throw the government, use violence, attack an entire segment of the population etc. Maybe we should be worried about this ideology?

    That’s why I get aggravated a bit about the “hate blacks” type of posts. I think there are really important issues here that would appeal to a lot of lawyers, professionals, leftists etc. if they simply heard the message and had to consider a few very poignant points.

    All of this threatens EVERYBODY’S well being. It threatens the nation. When a school professors praises Karl Marx all day and hates white people with a passion (even though he himself is white), we really should seek to understand why he thinks this way and possible consequences of such thoughts being popular among those who have huge influence in media, school, government, law etc.

  • ricpic

    I wonder whether this is the communists big push for total control before the next presidential election?