At a demonstration in Brentwood on Sunday, about 50 people demanded justice from the victims of Breonna Taylor and other police atrocities.
A peaceful rally in Brentwood State Park was organized by the Democratic Socialists of Suffolk County, Black Long Island, and the Socialist Liberation Party in the United States.
Hundreds of people attended another rally in East Northport on Sunday afternoon at Jericho Turnpike in support of President Donald Trump. A row of cars and trucks was packed with supporters, waving the American flag through the window, honking, and traveling Route 25A to Huntington Village.
The Brentwood case came a few days after a Kentucky grand jury charged a former police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a black woman Taylor in her Louisville apartment in March. However, the other two officers involved have not been charged, This infuriated activists and spurred further national protests over police racism.
At Brentwood on Sunday, William Moss, chairman of the Islip Town NAACP, hung up a sign with the words “Say Her Name.”
“This is the pinnacle of negligence for the police and criminal justice system,” Moss said. “So we are here to make sure she gets that justice. We can hear the voices of everyone in the country. The killing of Breonna Taylor requires justice.”
Kristen George, 37, of Brentwood, said he decided to attend because he faced discrimination at work.
“We had to come out and stand together because everything is happening in the community,” she said. “Hopefully, it will affect not only the police station, but everything affected by this discrimination, including school districts and housing.”
Police officers on the scene asked protesters to stay on the sidewalk, but said they would escort them if they wanted to cross the road.
“We are here to protect the rights of your First Amendment,” said a National Guard.