Defund the police signs. (Current photos by Jake Mysliwczyk)
By Jake Mysliwczyk
A group of about 200 protesters gathered Monday afternoon outside of the old Zone 5 police station in East Liberty for a #StopTheStation demonstration trough the streets of East Liberty. After 15 years of renovation, Pittsburgh Police are preparing to reoccupy the Zone 5 police station just one month after its officers tear gassed peaceful protestors. The group was demanding the immediate halt to any plans of bringing in Pittsburgh Police to East Liberty without community council; cessation of criminalization of black and brown communities along with defunding the police in order to refund black and brown neighborhoods.
Photos from the protest below:
The crowd seen from a parking garage above.
A woman with a ‘pro blue’ sign and a lanyard reading, “Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh” tried to show her message to the large group of Black Lives Matter protesters.
A group of restaurant patrons at The Fire Side Public House in East Liberty watch as the Black Lives Matter demonstration passes by on Broad Street Monday evening.
A bystander started yelling racist comments on Penn Avenue at the group and protesters forced him out of the sidewalk.
A sign reading “Peduto Lied. ‘Smoke Not Gas'” as a couple eats dinner in the background at BrewDog Outpost Monday evening on Centre Avenue.
A couple overlooks the protest from a sky walk.