BOSTON (AP/WWLP) — Chanting “no justice, no peace” and “black lives matter,” hundreds of individuals peacefully demonstrated in a Boston park Tuesday to protest police brutality towards black folks.
The racially various rally started with a “die-in” the place protesters knelt and sat in a serious intersection, halting site visitors for eight minutes and 46 seconds. That’s the period of time a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee onto George Floyd’s neck, resulting in his demise final week, in line with prosecutors.
The gang then marched throughout Franklin Park, town’s largest park and residential to a well-liked zoo, waving indicators that learn “STOP KILLING US” and “White Silence = White Consent.”
Boston police reported the primary protest ended peacefully, however, because the evening wore on, some gathered exterior police headquarters within the traditionally black Roxbury neighborhood.
Plenty of law enforcement officials knelt in solidarity with the protesters, and the division on its Twitter account urged protesters to “stay respectful, accountable and dedicated to security” as they continued to march by way of town.
In Brockton, a metropolis south of Boston with a big black inhabitants, police used tear fuel and pepper spray and the Nationwide Guard was deployed as protesters rallying in entrance of the police station hurled bottles and different objects at officers.
Smaller demonstrations additionally passed off within the Boston suburbs of Quincy and Watertown. As within the Boston rally, many wore masks to guard themselves and one another from the coronavirus, which has hit Massachusetts onerous, with greater than 7,000 deaths.
Organizers of Tuesday’s rally in Boston, which included the native chapter of Black Lives Matter, had pleaded with protesters to stay peaceable after related demonstrations on Sunday became violent as the primary demonstrations ended downtown.
Individuals plundered shops, smashed home windows, scrawled graffiti throughout public monuments and set hearth to a police cruiser. The Nationwide Guard was referred to as in to assist quell the unrest.
Fifty-three folks have been arrested and 9 officers have been hospitalized.
Monday night noticed extra subdued protests in Boston, as peaceable demonstrations passed off in neighborhoods miles from downtown, the place police had stepped up their presence to discourage additional violence.
However in Worcester, Massachusetts, New England’s second largest metropolis, 19 folks have been arrested Monday evening after violence broke out following principally peaceable protests, police mentioned Tuesday.
A gaggle of about 50 to 70 folks lit fires, vandalized constructions, blocked downtown site visitors and pelted officers with glass bottles, rocks, concrete and fireworks, the division mentioned.
Suffolk County District Legal professional Rachael Rollins, who’s prosecuting these arrested Sunday in Boston, mentioned Tuesday that ten defendants have thus far been arraigned however dozens of instances are nonetheless pending as a result of the courtroom has imposed new safeguards in mild of the coronavirus pandemic.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley and different Massachusetts politicians additionally outlined a sequence of steps they are saying is required to confront systemic racism.
Pressley is among the many Home lawmakers which have proposed a decision calling on the U.S. Division of Justice to reassert its authority to analyze racial profiling and police brutality.
Some state lawmakers, in the meantime, are in search of limits on police use of power, together with chokeholds and different techniques with doubtlessly lethal penalties, amongst different measures.
“What you might be seeing is the ache of black people that has been delegitimized for a lot too lengthy,” Pressley mentioned on the Massachusetts Statehouse steps. “The one factor we search to destroy and to actively dismantle is systemic racism.”