Hundreds of demonstrators marched throughout New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan on Friday evening, blocking visitors as they protested Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal. 

The marchers began from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center sports area round 7 p.m. ET earlier than shifting throughout the bridge and into Manhattan.

At one level, the protesters took a knee and held a second of silence on the bridge in deference to the 2 males killed by Rittenhouse final 12 months in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Earlier Friday, a Wisconsin jury agreed with Rittenhouse that the killings had been in self-defense.

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But the New York crowd disagreed with the jury’s resolution.

“The message, basically, is that when you stand up for Black liberation, when you stand up for Black lives, no matter who you are, you automatically become a target of the system,” protester Na-Lakan Masego advised WCBS-TV in New York of Rittenhouse’s acquittal.

Demonstrators marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday in protest of Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal. 

Demonstrators marched throughout the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday in protest of Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal. 
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The 18-year-old defendant had confronted a number of felony costs, together with intentional murder, and years in jail, if he was discovered responsible of fatally capturing two males and wounding a 3rd throughout Black Lives Matter protests and riots final 12 months in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The unrest adopted the police-involved capturing and wounding of Jacob Blake.

Protests kneel on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Friday night. 

Protests kneel on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Friday evening. 
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Rittenhouse was discovered not responsible on the entire costs he confronted. 

“This sets a scary precedent, you know, and I’m not, I’m not sure what to do as, like, a regular person so I just made this sign,” protester Phoebe Helander advised the station.

A protest chief advised demonstrators who gathered that they wanted to remain engaged and are available to future protests as a result of Black lives had been “still mattering and they’re still going to be shot down.”

The protest remained peaceable and no arrests had been reported. 

In Queens, no less than 5 folks had been arrested for property injury. 

“The NYPD takes its responsibility to protect the 1st amendment rights of peaceful demonstrators seriously,” the division wrote on Twitter. “Just as important is the safety of NYers & the protection of property from people breaking the law in the name of protest. As seen tonight in Queens, they will be arrested.”

The NYPD tweeted photos of a smashed windshield and graffiti on the again of somebody’s car that mentioned: “F— you.”