Hundreds march in anti-police protest in Downtown Brooklyn

Scores of protestors gathered at MetroTech before marching through Downtown Brooklyn.
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Hundreds of straphangers took to the streets of Downtown Brooklyn on Friday to protest a Metropolitan Transportation Authority scheme to crack down on fare evasion by hiring 500 new cops to police the subway.

One demonstrator slammed officials for squandering taxpayer money on a scheme that endangers and disenfranchises the poor, instead of making a sound investment in new transit infrastructure.

“They aren’t doing anything good for our community by policing people who are evading the fare just because they don’t have 2.75,” said Lillian Gooden, a protestor. “That money could be better spent improving the system, improving the tracks, improving the signals. Fare evasion is not the main concern.”

Protestors gathered at MetroTech Commons off Jay Street at around 6 pm, where they rallied against the increased presence of law enforcement in the borough’s transit network, which has been rocked by two violent police actions caught on camera last week.

In one, a cop from the 84th Precinct is seen punching a teenager in the face during a brawl in the Jay Street–Metrotech station. The teen, who was charged with assault, plans to sue the city for $5 Million.

In the second incident, a 19-year-old at the Franklin Avenue stop was held at gunpoint and arrested by a dozen officers after a gun report that was determined to be false. The teen was later charged with “theft of services” for fare evasion.

Following the MetroTech rally, the protestors marched through the streets flanked by hundreds of cops, carrying banners, chanting slogans such as “Ante up – punch that cop!” and participating in a mass fare–beating at the Hoyt–Schermerhorn Street station.

A protestor was arrested for vandalism after allegedly scrawling “PIGS” on the side of a cop car, the New York Post reported. Another man was issued a summons for allegedly spitting at cops. Other protestors were seen pelting a cop car with garbage, leading one former cop to condemn the protestors.

“I’ve protested against aggressive policing for decades,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former cop and current mayoral candidate. “What I saw last night went beyond an acceptable protest.”

However, Queens Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasia Cortez went to bat for the protestors on Twitter, claiming the MTA’s plan to attack the city’s poorest commuters will only make the subways more dangerous.

“Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community,” the lawmaker tweeted. “New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”

Reach reporter Ben Verde at (718) 260–2525 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @verde_nyc.
Updated 11:19 am, November 4, 2019
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Jose from Sunset Park says:
Antifa in action on this one. This protest isn’t about poor people; poor people are a useful prop in a campaign to destroy societal structures. Poor people are eligible for a reduced fare Metrocard. The care evaders I see generally have $500 to $1000 worth of iPhones, earbuds, Beats headphones, the newest sneakers, etc., on them. For them fare evasion is a choice.
Nov. 4, 2019, 12:07 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Let me save you some typing... "These are the same people that will complain when the police don't come when they're being attacked." "What if the police just stopped answering your calls, then you'd be sorry." "The police didn't do anything wrong." "It's just a few bad apples." "My cousin/uncle/son is a cop and he has never done anything like that, he's one of the good ones. It's not his fault he stays silent or actively covers for the violent neanderthal's in his precinct."
Nov. 4, 2019, 12:28 pm
Local from Here says:
The NYPD are a bunch of thugs.
Nov. 4, 2019, 12:48 pm
Local from Here says:
The people chanting “FIRE FIRE FIRE TO THE GENTRIFIERS” were protesting a lot more than the police.
Nov. 4, 2019, 1:43 pm
Jessica from Brooklyn says:
What these people did was despicable. Protesting the police for doing an outstanding job protecting us? If I were the police, I would not stick my neck out any longer. They should just let everyone jump the turnstiles, urinate all over the place, and drive like demons. Instead of being proactive the police should be reactive and take a report after the fact. Can’t fault them then.
Nov. 4, 2019, 8:27 pm
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
The people want free things. We don’t want to pay for anything. The police are fascists. I will scream insults at anyone who would deny me free things or stop me from jumping over the turnstile. Let’s brake open the ATMs and take whatever fruit and good we want from stores and fruit stands. Anyone who owns a store or property is a capitalist pig.
Nov. 4, 2019, 9:44 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Jessica -- I already wrote your comment for you. So much for saving you typing.
Nov. 5, 2019, 3:42 pm
The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
Higher Fare Evasion = Higher Fares = Higher Service Cuts = Higher Union Layoffs = Higher Transit Cops = Higher Operating Deficit = Higher Overall Debt. Boy both #CuomosMTA and a few bad apples are possibly led it to a future widespread economic recession.
Nov. 6, 2019, 12:52 pm

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