It’s been a week since stand-offs between protestors and police officers have surged in several demonstrations nationwide following George Floyd’s death. But that didn’t seem to be the case in Hudson County.
Jersey City and Union City organizers marched alongside rally members and continued to demand justice and peace for the black community Tuesday afternoon. And though protestors have chanted and marched with signs advocating for black lives, many have said they just want officers to stand in solidarity with them.
A video posted on Instagram by hummusJC showed the first city cop who took a knee with demonstrators. It was a woman.
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The first JCPD to take a knee! This is what JC is all about, Solidarity! I respect this officers choice to put her people, her family, before her oath. So thank you officer you are a true representation of what this community is all about! Though please remember that this is long over due, our community has been hurting for years! I’m happy to see that we are finally moving towards some type of progress tho! Much more is needed! 🖤🖤🖤 And maybe next we have the rest of the officers not wear “blue lives matter” masks to a BLM protest just proving our point that the JCPD has never truly supported our black community 🤷♂️ #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd
In the next slide the video shows the other officers, who were guarding City Hall, fall in line behind the female cop’s actions. The crowd clapped and cheered, and the last slide shows the female officer smiling behind her facemask.
The peaceful protest was organized by the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition. It started from City Hall to the Newark Pedestrian Plaza, and according to NJ.com, some said the rally couldn’t end until all officers took a knee.
Union City followed the string of protests and held its own Tuesday afternoon. Protestors marched for blocks with signs supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement, and one video shows some local police also taking a knee.
The video, originally posted on Instagram by thomas_johnathan, captures rally members shouting, “Take a knee!” to the officers and others dressed in suits. As one female cop begins to kneel, the crowd roars and the officers beside her can be seen doing the same.
But the fight isn’t over.
These protests are happening in Hudson County the rest of the week:
June 4, 1 p.m., Kearny Town Hall, Kearny
June 5, 1 p.m., Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken
June 6, 4-9 p.m., outside City Hall, 280 Grove St., Jersey City
June 6, 3 p.m., James Braddock Park, corner of 79th Street and Bergenline Avenue, North Bergen
June 7, 4 p.m., Hudson County Park, Bayonne