Saturday, 4 Jul 2020

NYPD cops take a knee beside protesters in moment of solidarity in Queens

Just hours after violent protests over the death of George Floyd rocked the city leading to hundreds of arrests, NYPD officers in Queens took a knee beside demonstrators on Sunday, as civilians read the names of black people killed by cops.

Video posted on Facebook shows at least three officers kneeling in the street at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 165th Street as protesters cheer them on and thank them.

The cops, with heads bowed, then joined in on a reading of the names of black men and women who have died at the hands of police.

Protesters and the officers could then be seen shaking hands and hugging.

“Yes. This is how we unite as one,” one person commented.

The office of acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee shared the video on Twitter, adding: “YES. THIS is what de-escalation looks like. Trust.”

“Have yet to see this anywhere else in #NYC. We need more of this now, Mr. @NYCMayor,” the tweet read.

The moment of solidarity took place after a day and night of tense protests across the five boroughs that resulted in at least 345 arrests and 33 cops injured.

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