What to Know
- Hundreds of people protesting what they say is New York police brutality marched through downtown Brooklyn, chanting "no justice, no peace!"
- The march came several days after a video emerged on social media showing police officers fighting with teens at a subway station
- Peaceful protesters filled main avenues Friday evening as they passed Barclays Center, angry over what they call over-policing of the subway
Hundreds of people protesting what they say is New York police brutality marched through downtown Brooklyn, chanting "no justice, no peace!"
The peaceful protesters filled main avenues Friday evening, starting just after 5 p.m. and marching by Barclays Center before eventually breaking up before 10 p.m. The march came several days after a video emerged on social media showing police officers fighting with teenagers inside city subway stations.
One of the videos helping spark the outrage is of 19-year-old Adrian Napier, who was seen with his hands up as police on the platform point their guns at him through the window of the train car.
Police then stormed the car, saying afterward they believed he was armed. He was later charged with theft of services — a misdemeanor that got many in the community upset enough to shut down busy Flatbush Avenue. The incident is under review by the department.
Marchers say they oppose what they consider over-policing of the subway system.
The protest comes after a period in which the New York Police Department has been under scrutiny for several shootings of armed civilians.
In a statement regarding the protests, the NYPD said it "does not interfere with Constitutionally-protected activities, and works to ensure public safety as New Yorkers exercise their First Amendment rights."
Police told NBC New York one person was arrested during the protests for spitting on an officer. Another man stopped in front of a police car, and was nearly hanfcuffed but was not brought into custody.