Black Lives Matter protest in New York City

A Black Lives Matter protest was organised in New York City outside the Trump Tower calling for justice for victims of police brutality.

The “Take Your Knee Off Our Necks" march kicked off from Times Square was lead by civil rights activist Kevin McCall and the Crisis Action Center. 

“We cannot go to Washington, D.C. if we do not deal with issues that affect us here in New York City. We must mobilize in conjunction to get ready for D.C. by any means necessary, " said Rev. McCall to local media. 

The protesters were met by police barricades that forced them to end the march on Fifth Avenue. 

Among the protesters were family members of Eric Garner, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, among other victims of police brutality. 

"Black Lives Matter should always matter. They should matter when there is street violence. They should matter when there is inequality in education or inequality with the job market … all of that symbolizes Black Lives Matter,” said Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr.