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Video: The March to Avenue D, Calling for End to Police Violence

Earlier, The Local tweeted and reported from the scene of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. Now see video of the demonstration as it moved from Union Square, down East Eighth Street, to Avenue D – near to where Makever Brown died on the FDR Drive while fleeing the police. We spoke to the march’s organizers and attendees, including Shamar Thomas, a former Marine whose yelling at N.Y.P.D. officers last week received widespread attention, and Jean Griffin, the sister of David Glowczenski, who died after Southampton police used a Taser stun gun on him in 2004.

After Death on FDR, Hostility Toward NYPD

Screen shot 2011-09-21 at 3.32.54 PMGoogle Maps The Jacob Riis Houses, where Mr. Brown lived, at FDR Drive and Sixth Street.

The death of a man fleeing police across FDR Drive last week has led to aggression toward officers patrolling Avenue D, with some angry residents even tossing objects from the rooftops at them.

Lieutenant Patrick Ferguson of the Ninth Precinct revealed that the environment on Avenue D has taken a turn for the worse at a meeting of the Ninth Precinct Community Council last night.

“It’s been hostile,” said Mr. Ferguson. “We don’t have the best of friends there right now.” Read more…