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Enraged Protesters Stare Down Cops on Queens Boulevard

Protesters on Queens Boulevard (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

June 4, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

A tense standoff between a large group of demonstrators and the police almost boiled over in Sunnyside Thursday.

More than 100 protesters blocked up traffic on Queens Boulevard by 47th Street at around 3:40 p.m. and refused to leave unless NYPD officers joined them in taking a knee or raising a fist.

The protesters – who had been marching around Sunnyside/Woodside as part of a thousand-person demonstration – stared down a line of about 20 officers that were stretched across the road.

The protesters kneeled, raised their right fists and chanted “whose streets, our streets, peaceful protest.” They were protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police last week and demanded racial justice.

They also chanted “NYPD, I smell racists” and “how do you spell murderers – NYPD,” at cops.

The police asked the crowd to disperse over an NYPD patrol car speaker – but they refused.

Instead, they shouted “take a knee,” and “raise a fist.” Protesters also chanted Floyd’s name and that of Breonna Taylor – a black woman who was shot eight times by police officers in Kentucky earlier this year.

A higher ranking officer began handing out zip-tie handcuffs to each cop as the crowd grew more vocal. A few minutes later the cops put on riot helmets and showed batons.

Protesters shouted “I don’t see no riot here, put away the riot gear,” and “NYPD fists up, NYPD fists up.” The standoff went on for about 15 minutes.

Another high ranking officer appeared in riot gear and spoke to two female protesters who were at the front of the protest. The women then went back to the crowd and they instructed fellow protesters to take a knee and raise a fist in silence for 30 seconds.

The crowd then dispersed chanting “what’s his name, George Floyd.”

The main demonstration, which was organized by a local activist Tuli Hannan, 18, assembled at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street – under the subway line – at around 1 p.m.

Demonstrators carried signs with “defund the police” “black lives matter,” and “abolish the racist NYPD.”

At around 2:30 p.m. they made their way eastward along Queens Boulevard and turned north onto Roosevelt Avenue. The protesters marched as far as 58th Street before turning around and heading back along Skillman Avenue.

The group turned left at 46th Street and marched southward across Queens Boulevard. They walked to 50th Avenue before turning back and stopping at their original meeting point. The standoff with cops occurred moments later.

Hannan said she organized the event on social media to remember people who have died due to discrimination, inequality, and injustice.

“Our purpose was to show that we will no longer be denied in our society,” Hannan told the Queens Post.

“We will no longer normalize being hated because we are minorities, because of who we are, of our skin tone, of our identity,” she said.

There were two unconfirmed reports of arrests during the march around Sunnyside/Woodside.

Protesters on Queens Boulevard (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Tuli Hannan (black top) leads the march (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

A protester sign (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Silence is Violence (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

A protester sign (Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

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Frank

Oh yeah…defund the police. Let’s see how well that works out. What a bunch of idiots.

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Archimedes

That’s not what you think it means. Be smart, don’t accept everything at face value. Next time do some research and you won’t sound like such a dum-dum.

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Anonymous

These are the same people who will call the cops when they are victims to a crime. Stop being hypocrites.

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Taylor

I marched in another peaceful protest in our neighborhood Thursday evening. At 530p. Ya know, generally that time that’s considered the tail end or after a standard work day. Soros and BLM have yet to contact me for my banking info. When do you think they’ll be doing that? Ah, and just in case you’re curious, I didn’t get a stimulus check either. I make bank, my man. You live in a fantasy world. BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK LIVES IN LONG ISLAND CITY MATTER.

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#shameonthem

Store owners many of them Latina were terrified by the hateful shrieks of the mob
Have they no shame ? Yelling blank the police !

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Taylor

Mob? No. We are your neighbors. Shrieks? No. We are pleading for justice. Hateful? Sure! I realllllly hate seeing people who look like me and my family be murderer by the police. Shame? Not even a drop! I will never feel shame about standing up to racist people promoting a racist city. I am your neighbor! I am a part of this community! I am proudly black as hell and I will never cower!

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ASensibleman

So a city that bends over backwards, and has for decades, to PRIVILEGE blacks in every possible way, giving them multiple LEGAL advantages over whites, is racist?

Maybe you’re just a loser who can’t make a go of it despite overwhelming advantages.

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Naim

Store owners? What store owners!? Everything is closed, you lying troll.

You comment on here a lot, Hastagger. You should get a job at one of these open stores that you stand around watching.

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