Brooklyn, NY – Controversial freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) tweeted her support for an anti-police protest in Brooklyn on Friday night that saw hundreds blocking streets and jumping turnstiles into the New York subways.
More than 1,000 protesters filled the streets chanting “no justice, no peace” in response to videos that showed New York Police Department (NYPD) officers fighting with teens and making arrests inside subway stations.
The protesters also objected to a planned police crackdown on fare evaders.
The demonstration began on Friday evening in Brooklyn’s McLaughlin Park and spread through the borough as hundreds more joined.
Shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 1, hundreds of protesters flooded Brooklyn subway stations in a “mass fare evasion” to protest the “criminalization of poverty.”
Protesters were seen in videos on social media helping each other to jump turnstiles to reach the platforms in the stations surrounded by people holding signs that said “No cops, no fares,” FOX News reported.
There were a few incidences of people who chose to pay their subway fare being verbally accosted by protesters for following the law.
Numerous people held up signs that called NYPD “racist” and advocated violence against police, FOX News reported.
The controversial Democratic Socialist congresswoman from Brooklyn, who has said she wants to do away with the prison system entirely, chose to weigh in Saturday on the side of the protesters, which didn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the day after the chaotic scene. “Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community. New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”
Proponents of the demonstration tried to characterize the protesters as “nonviolent,” but that wasn’t the impression of many who were not participating in the march, the New York Post reported.
A group of protesters surrounded an occupied city bus making its way along its route and scared the passengers badly.
“They were banging on the bus, and then a kid with a white mask and a hoodie… used a marker to mark the bus,” one passenger told the New York Post.
They scrawled “F–k NYPD” and “NYPD KKK” on the windows and sides of the bus as trapped, terrified passengers looked on.
“I’m not gonna lie, it was scary,” another passenger told the New York Post.
A subway rider who told protesters to stop screaming at police officers inside the Hoyt/Schemerhorn station subway station found herself the target of the anti-police demonstrators.
Eve Hyman, a 46-year-old high school teacher, told the New York Post she could be sympathetic to the protesters’ message but not their method of delivery, which included “vitriol” and “outrage.”
“I live here. This is my subway stop. I felt bad seeing the police getting bullied,” Hyman said.