Hundreds of protesters returned to the streets of Brooklyn after a violent night of protest on Friday, following the death of George Floyd. Floyd died in custody after a police officer knelt on his need during an arrest in Minneapolis on Monday. The event was captured on a video that went viral.
Demonstrators chanted, “No Justice No Peace” “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and ‘”We are George.”
The protest was largely peaceful on Saturday afternoon in the Flatbush Area. But gradually became rowdy when some demonstrators pelted police officers with stones, bottled water and other objects.
Police responded using batons and pepper spray on the crowd. Dozens of the protesters were also arrested during the altercation with the police.
On Bedford Avenue, protesters smashed the windshields of two NYPD vehicles. A third police car was torched on the inside, on Synder Avenue. Firefighters quickly intervened to put out the fire.
The death of another unarmed black man as a result of police brutality have sparked days of mass protests and culminated in riots in some cities across the country.