For the past several days, there have been various protests in the wake of the police-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

On Sunday, Mayor de Blasio visited Flatbush, Brooklyn, which has become a hotbed for protests and increased COVID-19 cases. He spoke with Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte and Councilmembers Farah Louis and Mathieu Eugene about the protests and their plans to advocate for the community, reported to Caribbean Life. 

Bichottee, who is also a chair on the Brooklyn Democratic Party, has introduced a bill, A4615A, that will prevent racial profiling by police officers.

“George Floyd is a casualty of racial profiling by police. He died because of a systemic injustice; an injustice that is as pervasive in New York as it is in Minneapolis,” Bichotte said. “The truth is here: A Black man was murdered in public by the very people charged with carrying out justice and keeping our communities safe. The nation is reeling from the trauma of his death. Parents are asking how they can keep their kids safe when the offenders are the people wearing a badge, and they are not held accountable for their actions.”

The eruption of protests has led to the implementation of curfews in cities across the country. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have announced a statewide, week-long curfew from 8:00pm to 5:00am.

The curfews have not deterred protesters, as protesters continue to organize in Brooklyn. Many videos have shown both violent and peaceful protests since Sunday.

“Protests today were mostly peaceful, with no reports of significant arrests by sunset,” said Bichotte.

Yannise Jean

Yannise Jean is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in publications like Okayplayer and Well + Good. Follow her on Twitter @yjeanwrites.

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