New York City: Protest of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointment of William Bratton to head the NYPD, December 9, 2013.
On a day’s notice, about 20 people came out in freezing weather to protest Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointment of arch-racist William Bratton as the next police commissioner. De Blasio had campaigned as an opponent of stop-and-frisk, but Bratton pioneered the policy under Rudy Giuliani and has since been spreading stop-and-frisk racial profiling to cities throughout the U.S.
The protest was held outside a gala fundraiser for The Nation magazine’s Nation Institute where Democrat de Blasio was the main speaker. As wealthy liberals entered the Metropolitan Pavilion on Manhattan’s West 18th Street, they were confronted by mostly young, working-class people of color chanting, “We don’t want the status quo! Bill Bratton has to go!” and “Bratton: war criminal of Manhattan.”
Police snuck de Blasio into the venue’s back entrance. As protesters raced to confront him as he left, they encountered a surreal scene as they stumbled into a fire department drill involving flares, actors on the ground shouting for help, and dummies strewn across the street.
Undeterred, about 10 protesters were able to rush de Blasio’s van with signs and chants as it sped away from the event.
Photos and report by redguard