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Cries of Justice for George Floyd Reach and Roil New York

Demonstrators massed across the city Friday and Saturday to protest police brutality after the death of George Floyd, who died after a white Minneapolis cop pressed his knee into the 46-year-old black man’s neck.

Outrage over the May 25 incident, caught on video, sparked protests across a nation already gripped by a pandemic.

Our team captured images from the demonstrations, some marked by clashes between protesters and police.

Most who took to streets across the city delivered their message primarily through their presence and their words — including on Staten Island where the crowd offered a call-and-response chant that spoke to past and present, the local and universal: “Eric Garner! George Floyd!”.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams speaks next to Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, at Foley Square in protest of the police-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, May 29, 2020.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams speaks next to Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, at Foley Square, May 29, 2020.
Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

The Rev. Al Sharpton is all but obscured by the crowd during a visit to the Staten Island street where Eric Garner died at the hands of police in 2014.
The Rev. Al Sharpton is all but obscured Saturday by the crowd near where Eric Garner died at the hands of Staten Island police in 2014.
Clifford Michel/THE CITY



Protesters mass outside the 115th Precinct in Jamaica, Queens
Protesters mass outside the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights, Queens, May 30, 2020.
Ann Choi/THE CITY

Signs of the times, from the Barclays Center plaza, May 29, 2020.
Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

A cardboard sign held in Foley Square invokes the words of Eric Garner and George Floyd, , May 29, 2020.
Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY


Hundreds of protesters packed into the plaza at the Barclays Center after the police-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, May 29.
Police stand guard at the Barclays Center, May 29, 2020
Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Demands for justice in Brooklyn, May 29, 2020
Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Separated by barriers at the Barclays Center, May 29, 2020
Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Protesters gather outside the city jail in Brooklyn, May 30, 2020
Protesters gather outside the city jail in Brooklyn, May 30, 2020
Anike Thomas/Special to THE CITY

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