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Queens Residents Hold a Series of Peaceful Protests Over the Weekend

Police Officers take a knee with protesters in Jamaica Sunday (Photo: @NYPDQueensSouth)

June 1, 2020 By Christian Murray

Demonstrators came out in Queens over the weekend to voice their anger over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

Hundreds took to the streets of Jackson Heights Saturday in a protest that formed in Diversity Plaza. Protesters in Jackson Heights chanted “black lives matter, black lives matter” and
“no justice, no peace,” as they made their way to the 115th NYPD Precinct house on Northern Boulevard.

The demonstration, while at times tense, was without incident–unlike the raucous protests that took place outside the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn and in Foley Square in Manhattan.

Meanwhile on Sunday, demonstrators marched in a peaceful event in Jamaica. At this protest, demonstrators actually cheered on some officers who took a knee with them in solidarity to their cause.

A video was posted to Facebook showing three officers taking a knee and the NYPD posted a photo of the moment to twitter.

Also on Sunday there was a peaceful gathering titled “Say Their Names: Gathering for Black Lives” at Travers Park in Jackson Heights. Demonstrators held signs with the names of black victims who had been killed by the police.

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Rick

Where was Jessica Ramos ?
her office is right around the corner, on Junction Blvd .

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Val

It’s this. Way people need to do protest not going to the street to break or set fire

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