World Black Lives Matter protesters arrested outside Met Gala, where AOC schmoozes inside

06:25  14 september  2021
06:25  14 september  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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A HUGE Black Lives Matter "defund the police" protest erupted near the Met Gala 's red carpet on Monday evening as police officers were seen arresting demonstrators. A seven-second video clip shared on Twitter showed dozens of demonstrators standing outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and shouting: "If we don't get no justice, then they don't get no peace." Black Lives Matter protesters are seen clashing with New York City police officers on September 13Credit: EPA.

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Multiple Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested during a demonstration outside the Met Gala in New York City Monday evening.

In videos shared online, a crowd of protesters can be heard chanting the name of Mike Rosado, a Bronx man who died last month in a shootout with police.

An officer on a megaphone can be heard telling the crowd they are being placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and a scuffle appears to break out.

Another video shows police officers appearing to roughly restrain a protester while people in the crowd shout, "Let go of her!"

The officers then put up a barricade to hold off the demonstrators as they chant more slogans about "abuse of power."

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Christina Griffin, a Black Lives Matter activist and organizer, looks at a chalk drawing of Ezell Ford outside City Hall in Los Angeles, a mentally ill African-American killed by Los Angeles police two years ago (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck). Black Lives Matter sent a 9,000-signature petition almost two weeks ago to LA mayor Eric Garcetti demanding the police chief's head. While media attention has focused on violent protests in New York, Ferguson and Milwaukee, campaigners say the hurt is just as deeply felt in LA, even if the demonstrations are largely peaceful.

Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with law enforcement supporters during rallies on Sunday at Civic Center Park in Denver, CNN affiliate KMGH TV reported. Police said they used pepper balls and pepper spray to disperse the larger BLM contingent. Black Lives Matter held a rally on Saturday on the front porch of Regina and Donald Simon, who say there were victims of a hate crime after a noose was put inside their vehicle, CNN affiliate WNEM reported. The rally has encouraged the couple to continue to speak out against racial injustices within their community.


Fox News has reached out to the NYPD to inquire about the number of arrests but did not immediately hear back.

The gala, which raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, was pushed last year from its traditional May berth and morphed this year into a two-part affair marking the institute's 75th anniversary.

It coincides with the opening of "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," the first of a two-part exhibition at the Met's Anna Wintour Costume Center.

Organizers invited 400 guests, or about a third the number that usually attend.

Among the notable attendees was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who wore a white gown by Brother Vellies with "Tax the Rich" in red letter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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