Black Women’s March In NYC Leads To Face-Off Between Protestors And State Troopers

This past Saturday afternoon, dozens of protesters were turned away by the police when they tried to cross the Tappan Zee Bridge to protest in support of black women’s rights. 

The stand-off lasted for approximately thirty minutes, in which there were no arrests or injuries.

According to NBC News’ local affiliate…

“The crowd ultimately turned back shortly before 1 p.m. and returned to a parking lot where they had assembled earlier. Around 3 p.m., the protesters created a caravan of cars and slowly crossed the bridge, honking and cheering as they went.”

The state police spokesperson, Beau Duffy, stated…

“We strongly support the interest of any organization to engage in a peaceful march and express their message,” Duffy said in the statement. “Which is why the state proactively offered several alternatives to marching on foot across the bridge, including offering other bridges or roads that are safe to walk across or other sites that may be of interest.” 

The march, from the beginning, through the stand-off, to the caravan, was all captured by NBC’s Ken Buffa on Twitter…

The crowd got revved up…

And they were off…

But then, they were stopped…

And Buffa captured the aftermath…

And finally, the caravan of cars…

The organizer of the march, Vanessa Green, stated…

“We’re not scared. Martin Luther King wasn’t scared. Our voices will be heard.”

People raised their voices in support of Vanessa’s mission…

The march was organized in part by Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley and 100sistas. Their mission was to bring attention to the inequalities faced by black women outside of urban communities in New York.

It was a worthy cause. Keep raising your voice.

H/T: NBC, Twitter