By LOUIS FLORES
A group of several hundred protesters gathered in Grand Army Plaza Tuesday night across from the fabled Plaza Hotel under cold, drizzling conditions to continue demands for reforms at the New York Police Department.
The protesters, organised by the ANSWER Coalition, then went on a march throughout some East side streets and avenues, openly violating a questionable moratorium against police reform marches issued by Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) on Monday afternoon.
Mayor de Blasio called for the moratorium after two NYPD officers were shot dead in an unprovoked attack on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.
Since the double police homicide, Mayor de Blasio has been engulfed in a public relations crisis as he fends of escalating criticisms from police unions, police reform activists, civic leaders, and the general public over his mishandling of the NYPD.
For approximately two hours, Progress Queens live-tweeted Tuesday night's protest through Midtown. Here are the Twitter postings for that time, in chronological order.
The protest began at 5 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday night, there were no reports of arrests as the peaceful protesters processed through Midtown, then uptown to Harlem, and then throughout Harlem. However, there were some reports that NYPD officers pushed and shoved some of the peaceful protesters.