“‘Protesting injustice isn’t a crime’: New York senator calls for no charges”
June 2, 2020 | 2:32pm | Updated June 2, 2020 | 5:05pm
New York City was hit with violent protests as hundreds were arrested.
A New York state lawmaker is calling for anyone legitimately protesting during the George Floyd demonstrations to get a free pass from charges.
“Protesting injustice isn’t a crime,” Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) told WCBS 880 on Monday.
“In New York City, I don’t think prosecutors should be treating it as one,” he said, calling for the five boroughs’ district attorneys to drop all unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct charges.
“The protesters that I’ve seen, that I’ve congregated with are speaking up because of the grave injustice they witnessed as black Americans,” Hoylman said. “And we have to respect that.”
The lawmaker insisted that most protesters are “incredibly passionate and peaceful” — and stressed that he was not seeking a pass for those trashing neighborhoods and looting.
“Those are different crimes and that’s not what I’m calling for,” he told the station. “We want to separate the peaceful protesters from the violent trespassers.”
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