58 arrested as demonstrators fill Harlem streets, take over subway in protest of police

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November 23, 2019 - 12:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- A protest over the policing of New York City's subways briefly shut down a busy Harlem subway station during rush hour, and reports say dozens of people have been arrested in the demonstration.

Officials say hundreds of protesters converged Friday evening and marched on and near the major corridor of 125th Street.

Police said 58 people were arrested at the protest, according to ABC7. It's unclear what charges they faced.

The NYPD tweeted around 7 p.m. that there were traffic and mass transit disruptions in the area after the protesters managed to take over and shut down the busy Lexington Avenue 4/5/6 station.

A half-hour earlier, New York City Transit tweeted that three subway lines bypassed their 125 Street station for a time, then resumed stopping while police barred entry to the station for a while afterward.

Protestors say that they're fed up with the NYPD and what they referred to as "heavy-handed law enforcement in the subways."

Friday's protest was the latest in a string of protests about police in the subway system. Just weeks ago, 1,000 people protested the NYPD in Brooklyn.

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