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On the sixth day of George Floyd demonstrations, organizers held a vigil to remember the man who was killed by a white police officer and three other police officers, and call for justice to be served for the countless other lives taken by police.

Hundreds gathered at Queensbridge Park for the vigil, most of them wearing masks and face coverings. Police were on the scene, but were staying several feet away from the protesters.

The vigil started at 7 p.m., with a moment of silence for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless other Black people who have been killed due to police brutality.

Speakers then took turns talking about the importance of justice, allyship for the Black community from all communities, supporting local businesses owned by people of color and why recording and sharing what’s really going on during the demonstrations is vital.

“There are bad actors that will share the negativity, that will only share the looting. For every one thing that got looted, there are hundreds of us, thousands of, protesting peacefully,” one speaker said.

A Black man then spoke and said their parents didn’t think, “we would be standing here, doing the same thing they were doing 20 years ago.” He said he thinks of his two daughters when he thinks of what happened to Louisville’s Breonna Taylor, who was killed in her own home by police.

“To think they could be shot just cause of the color of their skin. It has to stop,” he said.

The vigil ended promptly at 7:30 p.m., as organizers said they wanted to make sure everyone got home safely before curfew at 8 p.m. By 7:45 p.m., pretty much everyone dispersed from the park.

Aafia Chaudhry, an organizer with LIC Support, a mutual aid organization in the neighborhood, said they wanted to hold a vigil in Queensbridge Park to bring together neighbors from Queensbridge Houses and Ravenswood Houses for “quiet reflection, prayer, introspection and sharing.”

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