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[amNY] Hundreds of people join ‘Occupy City Hall’ Thursday night to call for police defunding

June 26, 2020

Protesters, activists and musicians from across the five boroughs chanted, sang and marched onto the Brooklyn Bridge after listening to speakers like Constance Malcolm, mother or Ramarley Graham, Hawa Bah, Carol Gray and Sammy Feliz.

“We pay the NYPD so much money and they constantly kill our people,” said Hawa Bah, mother of Mohamed Bah. “They killed my son, Mohamed, in front of me and neighbors while we were begging for them to let us talk to Mohamed.”

“We need more social workers, teachers, and guidance counselors in schools – not police. Mayor De Blasio and Commissioner Shea must go because we need people in office that will stand up for us, not just the police."...

“Black and Brown communities are not getting what we need to survive,” said Justice Committee Leader London Arnold. “Our focus should be on building and funding a community-based accountability infrastructure as an alternative to policing and criminalization. This is a moment for the City Council to show us how much they value Black and Brown lives and the development of our communities and future generations.”

Photo by Dean Moses

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