The Millions March NYC brought out tens of thousands of protesters who poured through the streets of Manhattan on Saturday, in New York City’s largest demonstration since a grand jury decided not to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner.
The procession of Millions March NYC stretched for about a mile, as protesters shouting “I can’t breathe” wound from Greenwich Village to midtown and then to downtown police headquarters.
It is not yet clear how many people were a part of Millions March NYC on Saturday, but some put the numbers in the tens of thousands.
According to the Huffington Post, organizers estimated that 30,000 demonstrators participated in the march. And in contrast to other marches over the past weeks, this large, orderly demonstration took place during the day. A number of families with children took part, and demonstrators followed a pre-planned route. The march made its way uptown to Herald Square, then looped back downtown, with thunderous chants of “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “Justice! Now!” echoing down Broadway.
The demonstration culminated at One Police Plaza, the New York City Police Department’s Lower Manhattan headquarters – and at the official end of the march, there were no arrests that had been made.
The video of crowds from the Millions March NYC was shot from a window overlooking 6th Avenue and 29th Street, and offers a hint at just how large the march was.
The nationwide protests against police brutality show a more united America, one that is not often portrayed. And though the reasons behind the protests are often seen as painful and heartbreaking, it does show that most people are no longer willing to sit back and have their lives blindly dictated.
Thousands of protesters also took to the streets of Washington D.C., San Francisco and Oakland on Saturday.
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