Thousands in white attend Black Trans Lives Matter rally, march in Brooklyn as protests continue across city

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June 14, 2020 - 5:19 pm
Black Trans Lives Matter rally

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A massive crowd of people wearing white held a rally and silent march in Brooklyn on Sunday to support black trans lives as protests against racism and police brutality continued across the city.

Images and video from the event, “Brooklyn Liberation: An Action for Black Trans Lives,” show what appears to be thousands of people outside the Brooklyn Museum on a sunny Sunday afternoon during Pride month.

The event was co-organized by several groups, including the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, The Okra Project and Black Trans Femmes in the Arts.

The rally and march comes days after the reported deaths of two black transgender women, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Milton, in Philadelphia and Ohio—both cases are being investigated as homicides.

Attendees also drew attention to the case of Layleen Polanco, a trans woman who died while in solitary confinement on Rikers Island last year.

Crowds of protesters were also at nearby Grand Army Plaza and at the Barclays Center. Many were holding signs decrying police misconduct and brutality on a third weekend of protests. The different groups merged along the Eastern Parkway throughout the afternoon amid music and chants.

The protests, just some of the ones held across the city Sunday, came a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said protesters had “won” and needed to focus their attention on reforming police departments at the local level after New York enacted new police reform laws.

A woman named Lynn told 1010 WINS that efforts to reform police have repeatedly failed in the past and that protesters need to keep up the momentum.

"That has happened many, many times before and the result has been that reform has solidified the position of policing," she said. "Police are no longer legitimate."

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