It Was Meant to be Peaceful
Until it wasn't . . .
What began as a peaceful protest at the news of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting of
Trayvon Martin ended for some in being arrested.
For nothing less than being in the crowd.
An earlier rally and march in Harlem passed peacefully. As did the march from Union Sq to
Times Sq but at some time the NYPD decided enough was enough. That point came at the intersection
of Park Ave and 71st, and again at 79th and Second Ave when the wall of NYPD stopped the crowd
and reached in to take their pick. A snatch and grab.
The photos here are straight out of camera, some as blurry as all hell but that's camera shake
for you - the shake of the shock that this should suddenly be happening. The shake of the shock
that these kids standing next to me did nothing wrong. The shock that this could be me getting
arrested and if so easily for others, why not me?
I have photos of the protest which brought traffic to a standstill in Times Sq, and on Fifth Ave
and everywhere else but they don't come with the sounds of horns being honked, and honked,
in support for what was the peaceful protest seeking justice for the death of Trayvon Martin.