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Protests Sweep US to Denounce Police Killings

  • Protesters in New York during Tuesday's mobilizations to denounce police killings.

    Protesters in New York during Tuesday's mobilizations to denounce police killings. | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 April 2015

Protesters demand widespread reform of the police, as killings of unarmed black men have become all-too frequent in U.S. headlines.

Protesters took the streets Tuesday against police violence in the United Sates .

Activists from various right groups rallied in different cities throughout the country .

“Stop Police brutality and mass murder,” read signs carried by the protesters in New York city. Protesters spread the message on social media websites using different hashtags, mainly the popular #BlackLivesMatter.

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In New York City, activists temporarily shut down the Brooklyn bridge. Protesters used the hastag #Shutdown14 to mobilize for the rallies.

Several arrests had been made after the protesters blocked the critical bridge in New York.

Today's protests come just one week after a police officer was charged with murder after fatally shooting unarmed Walter Scott in South Carolina on April 5, and in the wake of increased publicity of the disproportionate number of police shootings of black men.

The activists, who came from all walks of life, carried posters with images of the murdered by the police in recent months, including Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, who was shot dead by an officer back in August 2014.

His killing launched mass unrest in Brown’s home state of Missouri and further highlighted the depth of the racism that black people face in the U.S. The policeman who shot Brown was cleared of any wrongdoing and the shooting was ruled as self-defence.

Meanwhile, members of the Justice league NYC also organized a 250-mile walk from New York City to Washington D.C: they are due to reach the National Mall April 21.

Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist, sported the Muslim head-cover or Hijab as she joined the 250-mile trek along with members of the Justice League Organization.

There were also mass protests in Chicago and San Francisco. The nationwide protests were organized by New York-based Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

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