Many protestors on Thursday told BuzzFeed News they were simply tired over the continued police killings of black men.
Thousands marched in the streets of New York Thursday in response to the two recent killings of black men by police officers, stopping traffic and confusing tourists in Times Square.
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A few thousand demonstrators walked through traffic from Union Square to Times Square chanting, “Black Lives Matter,” “Hands Up, Don't Shoot,” and other chants that have become familiar in response to the slew of police killings of black men over the past four years.
“With every one of these I just feel lower and lower, less and less valued,” Alexa Palacios, 25, told BuzzFeed News. “But being here you feel like you're not alone.”
On Tuesday, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was selling CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when a 911 call from a homeless man brought the cops to the scene. Two police officers wrestled Sterling to the ground, and shot him repeatedly in the chest.
The next day, Philando Castile was pulled over for a routine traffic stop while in a car with his girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter. Reynolds said later in a Facebook livestream https://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/philando-castile-shooting?utm_term=.du2yny66V#.sf9LdLAA2 that as Castile reached into his pocket to retrieve his ID, police shot him multiple times in the chest.
Part of both altercations were captured on camera.
Leila John (left), Alexa Palacios, and Ashley Dalton.
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