Civilians and Police Ask for Justice, but Justice Has a Different Meaning for Each Group

A protest, against police brutality, was held Saturday afternoon in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. The protest was led by actor and director Quentin Tarantino. In a context of 930 people killed by the police this year, the actor asked for justice for all the families of the victims. He said, “this is not being dealt with in anyway at all. That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges.”

The rally is part of a three day event called #RiseUpOctober that started on Thursday with the campaign #SayTheirNames, in Midtown Manhattan, where the relatives of the victims spoke out on how their loved ones ended up dead by the hands of the police. The event continued on Friday with the slogan #ShutDownRikers that targeted the New York’s infamous prison where several cases of police brutality and abuse to inmates have been denounced. The organizers said the objective was to stay resistant towards a “matrix of oppression.” The main event was expected for today, starting at 11 a.m. and no arrests have been confirmed so far today.

Ironically, the three-day-event comes two days after the death of police officer Randolph Holder, who was fatally shot by a 30-year-old man who was allegedly caught stealing a bike in East Harlem.  The suspect, Tyrone Howard, reportedly put the stolen bike down, took his gun and fired to Holder’s head, killing him. Howard was arrested and charged with first degree murder. — Gabriela Lira

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