'Get Your Knee Off Our Necks' Protest Against Police Brutality Ends At Trump Tower

Kristie Keleshian
July 31, 2020 - 8:16 pm
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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A protest against police brutality made its way through Manhattan on Friday, finishing outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

    The “Take Your Knee Of Our Necks” march began at Times Square with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner participating in the demonstration.

    The protests began nearly 10 weeks ago, when Floyd was killed by a Minnesota police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck as he placed him under arrest.

    Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, says the incident was horrible and reminiscent of Garner’s death. Though, she says the protests are still far from over.

    “There’s a few of us that may a face of the mother’s of the movement, but there’s tens of thousands of the mothers of the movement – tens of thousands of children that have been killed out here in the streets. Look it up, the majority was black and brown and the majority was unarmed,” she said.

    Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, says some people are tired of the marches, but he is tired of being “sick and tired.”

    “Everything is fight, fight, fight. And they say they want the protesting to stop,” he said.

    Terrence noted that the officers who killed Taylor inside her home while executive a search warrant at the wrong apartment still walk free, and said the protests will continue so long as she does not have justice. 

    Organizers of the march said the demonstration was also meant to highlight crime within the black community.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio was not at the event, but he was outside of the tower several weeks ago helping to paint a “Black Lives Matter” mural on the street of Fifth Avenue. 

    The mural has been vandalized several times since. 

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