Chaos in Brooklyn as 1,000 anti-cop protesters storm subway stations yelling after a spate of violent arrests and the city's vow to add even MORE officers | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Chaos in Brooklyn as 1,000 anti-cop protesters storm subway stations yelling after a spate of violent arrests and the city's vow to add even MORE officers

Nearly a thousand protesters took to the streets of Brooklyn to demonstrate against the NYPD after a spate of violent arrests on the subway and over its plans to put more officers on the beat to catch anyone who skips paying the fare.

The protesters started gathering in Downtown Brooklyn near Barclays Center at about 7pm Friday, with their signs reflecting the dual nature of the march.

While flashier banners bore slogans such as 'Don't let these pigs touch us,' 'F**k the police,' 'Punch that cop' and 'NYPD out of MTA,' other signs read 'Free transit,' 'Poverty is not a crime' and 'Our subways need more $ for elevators, not for cops.'

Their grievances stem from two issues. One, alleged police brutality against New Yorkers including a group of teenagers who officers were seen fighting with in a recent viral video.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other than in New York tabloids, and the Daily Mail, I didn't see a word about this, in the US press; I have to wonder why?!?

I can venture a couple of guesses.

First, it demonstrates an absolute unraveling of the thread of civility, in US society; and I have to tell you; I am very grateful that Mike and I are no longer in, or reasonably near, a really major city right now, because that is where, unfortunately, I think, you may find demonstrations like this spreading.

And a lot of our kids may well die, because of having participated in such demonstrations.

After the Rodney King riots in LA, Post Rodney King Police Acquitted in Trial for Brutality, LA sees massive riots two very popular actors, Edward James Olmos,and Arsenio Hall, raced from soundstage to soundstage at the various TV stations, telling particularly the young people to go home, and stay there; these gentlemen will always be my heroes for trying to ratchet down the genuine, and legitimate, anger and upset during these times.

But the Guardian goes on to state very clearly what the triggers here were: "From the aerial shots of Los Angeles provided by news helicopters, the city looks like a war zone. The flames devouring sections of this sprawling southern California metropolis were started by arsonists and fuelled by righteous anger over the not guilty verdict in the Rodney King police brutality case.

The casualty figures are also those of a war zone. Murderous mobs howling "No justice, no peace!" have left more than 10 people dead and 140 wounded in less than 24 hours. As I write the entire south central section of Los Angeles is under a state of emergency as 2,000 national guardsmen armed with military weaponry converge on the area.

To those familiar with police-community relations in Los Angeles all of this was predictable. It is the inevitable explosion that will result when unanswered cases are allowed to fester until they become social dynamite.

For years now there has been a steady stream of complaints against the Los Angeles police department and its chief, Daryll Gates, alleging a policy of excessive use of force when arresting criminal suspects. These complaints generally came to nothing when brought before a police review board dominated by officials from the police hierarchy.

Repeated calls for an expanded review board that would include civilians have gone unheeded. Most complainants in a police brutality case have not been able to provide sufficient evidence to support criminal charges against officers."

I would like to hope that both religious, police, and civil leadership, will work together to cobble out some understanding with these Brooklyn youth; if not, we may be looking at a wave of unrest here at home, that may eclipse anything we have seen so far in other countries in a very unprecedented way.

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