Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout the weekend in Brooklyn

Demonstrators march toward the courthouses in Downtown Brooklyn.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Demonstrations continued across Brooklyn this weekend as thousands of protesters took to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to decry the recent police killings of black people across the country.

Saturday marked the tenth straight day of protests citywide — and the ninth in Brooklyn. The day of peaceful protests came on the heels of a mostly calm Friday evening, during which many demonstrators remembered Breonna Taylor — the Kentucky EMT shot and killed by police in early March — on what would have been her 27th birthday.

A woman cheers on protesters as they pass by her apartment near Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights on Friday.Photo by Paul Frangipane
Activists marched across Atlantic Avenue from Grand Army Plaza on Friday.

On Friday, approximately 40 people were arrested, according to authorities — down significantly from a reported 270 arrests the night before. At least some of those arrested on Friday were essential workers, according to reporters on the scene.

Cops could not provide details into Saturday’s arrest count, but said Monday morning that — for the first time since protests first broke out — cops arrested zero demonstrators on Sunday. 

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday for the second week of protests against police brutality.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
Protesters hold signs remembering George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

One of the weekend’s arrests included 44-year-old Queens resident Jacob Leiper, who was caught on video driving onto a curb and plowing into protesters on Saturday night near the corner of St. Johns Place and Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights.

Lepier struck at  least one cyclist, who was taken to Kings County Hospital for an injured ankle, the Daily News reported.

The march continued through the rain on Saturday.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

On Sunday, more than a dozen separate demonstrations cropped up across the borough, including in Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg and Bay Ridge.

A kids-focused march also made its way from Grover Cleveland Playground in Ridgewood, Queens to Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick — where New York’s youth peacefully milled about, donning signs and breaking into sporadic chants.

Famed movie maker Spike Lee also joined in on the demonstrations in Downtown Brooklyn, sharing a photo of the crowds on his Instagram with the simple caption “BROOKLYN REPRESENT.” 

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As in previous nights, hundreds of protesters descended upon the Barclays Center, before heading out again down Flatbush Avenue toward the Manhattan Bridge.

Early Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio lifted the city’s 8 pm curfew, citing a relatively peaceful weekend.