As Their Neighborhoods Grew Whiter And Wealthier, These Businesses Found Themselves Targeted By Police

It was a busy Friday night in the spring of 2018 at Friends and Lovers, a Crown Heights bar in Brooklyn that caters to a clientele that is largely Black, people of color, and LGBTQ, and the back patio was packed with people dancing when the police stormed in.

The lights came on and the music stopped. And then, as cops circulated through the bar, officials from five different city and state of New York agencies followed along, issuing fines one by one.

Lam Thuy Vo / BuzzFeed News Left: A new apartment building in Brooklyn. Right: a sign at an establishment nearby that NYPD had identified as a MARCH target. It was a busy Friday night in the spring of 2018 at Friends and Lovers, a Crown Heights bar in Brooklyn […]

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