Around 2,500 people protesting loudly against police brutality are marching eastward down Eastern Parkway, and will imminently arrive in Crown Heights.
The protest comes in the wake of the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, and a grand jury’s subsequent refusal to indict the officer responsible.
Though the protesters are accompanied by several police officers, please exercise extreme caution and remain indoors unless absolutely necessary.
Update at 9:28pm: The group made a left turn on to Kingston Ave. and is heading north – away from the main Jewish area of Crown Heights. The NYPD placed 770 on lockdown while the group passed as a precaution, not allowing anyone to enter or exit.
Update at 9:35pm: There appears to be a second group of protesters heading eastward down Eastern Parkway towards Crown Heights. The NYPD and several Shomrim volunteers are at the scene and on alert.
Update at 10:00pm: A second group of around 150 marchers passed through the neighborhood without incident. They continued along Eastern Parkway until reaching Utica Ave. Police are leaving 770, and said they don’t believe there will be any other protesters in the neighborhood tonight.
Final Update at 10:26pm: The second group of around 150 protestors joined up with another group of around 300 protestors and appear to be making their way towards the Pink Houses, the projects where an NYPD rookie shot and killed, which is located in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Police have cleared out from 770, and just a handful of officers remained behind.