Saturday, December 20th, 2014. New York City – Yesterday, 12/19/14, was the “ThankYouNYPD” rally and the counter rallies: “SHUT THE NYPD DOWN”, “#NOTHANKYOUNYPD Action to Counter the Dec 19th #BlueLivesMatter Rally at City Hall Park #OccupyForGarner #BlackLIVESMATTER Justice For Us ALL!” and the “Silent Vigil at #ThankYouNYPD Rally” at City Hall.
Approximately 50 people attended the “ThankYouNYPD” rally and at least 300 people attended the counter rallies.
After the rally at City Hall, protestors against police brutally marched to the Brooklyn Bridge and tried to cross it, but police officers did not allow them to cross the bridge. Protestors then marched to the Manhattan Bridge and again, tried to cross the bridge. Police officers blocked them and protestors had to return to City Hall.
Jose LaSalle, said on Facebook, “To have any pro-cop rally when the people has been denied justice in the case of Eric Garner and Mike Brown is an attack on all those that has been victimize by the militarize police department.
I believe that everyone has the right to express their belief in any manner they want, but not on the blood of our stolen love ones. Police terrorizes people around the world and murder people with impunity. We the people must send police and those that support killer cops a message!
We will not be silent or silenced.”
They added, “Who patrols the NYPD? The whole world it watching and it is time to flip the script. Hold the NYPD accountable for their actions!
This Friday, December 19th, a pro NYPD Rally is planned at City Hall. We are calling for a silent vigil at Thank you NYPD Rally in honor and memory of the lives lost to police brutality.”
An unidentified organizer of the “ThankYouNYPD” rally said on Facebook, “I just want to say how proud I am of the supporters of the NYPD and this page. The brave people who attended the rally even after all the warnings and the AMAZING outpouring of support from photos and gestures on this page. We will have a formal rally at some point and we will work closely with the PBA and NYPD to make that happen in the near future. But the support showed today via Facebook was overwhelming. I will make sure to get to each and every post to share the photos for the world to see.”
OWS S17 2015 and Peoples Power Assemblies, said on Facebook “The provocative demonstration callously called Thank you NYPD, using the hashtag #BlueLivesMatter, is set for City Hall on Friday, December 19. This is insulting and disrespectful to families who have either lost loved ones to police murders and people who have survived police brutality. In fact, also on December 19, at the same time, only blocks away from this pro-police brutality rally, the family of 18-year old Ramarley Graham — murdered in his Bronx home by NYPD Officer Richard Haste on February 2, 2012 — will be holding a rally to demand that the Department of Justice convene a grand jury hearing for his case.
We believe this pro-police demonstration is cause of great concern to millions of people across the country who have been in the streets protesting against racism, white supremacy and police violence. After all it is not police officers who are shot down every 28 hours in the U.S. but this alarming statistic is the daily reality for Black people in the United States.
We believe this pro-police brutality mobilization is a dangerous threat to communities of color already under attack due to police occupation. We see this mobilization of largely armed off-duty and plain-clothes police and their supporters as an effort to whip up violence against people who have peacefully mobilized in the streets for the past several months all across the country.
If the organizers of this pro-police brutality rally go through with their hateful and insulting event and mobilize scores of right-wing and fascistic elements then they and they alone are solely responsible for inciting a climate of violence. The vast majority of posts and comments on Thank you NYPD Facebook and Twitter pages for this event confirm its racist and anti-protester intent. The seven-hour police rally from 5pm to midnight is an ominous siege of City Hall.
We understand that this pro-police rally in NYC is part of a national campaign on social media on Dec. 19 to turn the issue of police murders on its head and present the well-armed attackers and killers as helpless victims. The NYPD has already begun a political witch hunt to try to justify suppressing the massive protests by targeting seven activists for arrests at the march on the Brooklyn Bridge on Dec. 13, claiming that they attacked armed detectives.
Millions of people around the world saw the video of Eric Garner, a loving father of six children, say “I can’t breathe” as he was choked to death by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. We believe to talk about “Blue Lives Matter” after continual and well-documented police atrocities is to support racist violence.
We along with many New Yorkers remember all too well the 1992 police rally where thousands of cops rallied in a racist and intimidating attack upon Mayor David Dinkins. It was the launching pad for the ugly climate that surrounded Rudolph Giuliani’s rise to mayor. Even the New York Times admitted that “Beer-drinking officers broke through barricades to rush the steps of City Hall; others blocked traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge and used racial epithets to describe the Mayor.” (Sept. 30, 1992) Afterwards two drunken cops assaulted and seriously injured a young Black man on the J train. We fully believe that this racist pro-police brutality, #BlueLivesMatter rally scheduled for this Friday, Dec. 19 threatens more violence on communities of color of New York.
In the face of this ominous threat we cannot be silent.
Please sign on to this statement as an organization or individual endorser and circulate it nationally. To sign on as an individual or as an organizational endorser :Please email email@example.com or text (646) 342 9673 RSVP on FB https://www.facebook.com/events/1511165272495912/
We ask New York residents to gather around City Hall in NYC at 5pm on Friday, December 19 with a message of solidarity, unity and justice.
We ask people to counter this shameful pro-police brutality rally social media with anti-police brutality messages such as the demand to end “Broken Windows” – a racist, anti-poor peoples policy that led to the murder of Eric Garner
We are asking people to use the hashtags : #NoThankYouNYPD #BlackLivesMatter & #ThisStopsToday along with others.
We ask for solidarity rallies at city halls and police precincts across the U.S. and around the world.
We urge legal observers and media activists to mobilize in NYC on Friday to protect our communities against the potential racist and right-wing provocations of these pro-police brutality protesters.
We urge trade unions and social formations to respond to defend communities under continuing police attack.
Once again, we call upon all people of conscience to protest a racist pro-police brutality mobilization of armed off-duty cops and their supporters that threatens further violence in New York City.
Join us in Unity on Friday, Dec 19 5pm at City Hall to say NO to Racism! NO to police impunity!
A white woman supporting the NYPD attacks a Black man.
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