At least one of the protesters had a sign that read “The NYPD has blood on its hands,” according to the New York Post.
“We are marching for justice! We are marching for justice for black lives!” Shelby Brown, one of the leaders of the march, told the crowd, according to the New York Times.
At least one protester was arrested during the march for spray painting the letters “BLM,” which stand for Black Lives Matter, on a traffic sign. Others spilled cans of bright red paints on the streets as they marched from Harlem to Midtown Manhattan.
The protesters, who were demanding an end of police brutality in the wake of the death of Floyd, chanted the names of black people killed in encounters with the police.
Floyd’s May 25 death in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked massive protests in dozens of US cities as demonstrators demand police reform and the defunding of police departments.
Floyd died after a former police officer pinned him down with a knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes until his body became unrepsonsive. Floyd was pronounced dead 90 minutes after he was arrested.