Police protestors staged rallies at brunch spots in New York City and Oakland Sunday, bringing attention to the police’s racist treatment of African Americans, the New York Daily News reports.
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Under the name “Black brunch,” 25 New York protestors entered Manhattan spots, such as the Barking Dog and Pershing Square, to bring attention to Black lives. They then read the names of Blacks murdered by police as patrons dined.
“We are here to say we are not at war,” one group said in a video posted to Facebook. “We are not interested in war. We just want the police to stop killing us.”
There were no reported arrests from the demonstrations; however, some restaurant owners didn’t take kindly to the displays.
According to Twitter user Fresher Than You, Resto NYC’s manager tried removing the protestors:
Another Twitter user corroborated that account:
However, some restaurant visitors showed solidarity with the protestors:
The demonstrations stemmed from actions Oakland activists took late last year following the Eric Garner and Mike Brown non-indictments.