Youth activists, their adult mentors, and elected officials marched from New York City Hall over to the headquarters of the New York Police Department at One Police Plaza Thursday afternoon, holding handmade signs and LGBTQ+ flags. Along the way, chants of, “Black lives matter, queer lives matter, trans lives matter,” were called as police officers walked alongside the group.
The marchers turned out to protest the NYPD’s handling of the 2019 killing of Bronxite Kawaski Trawick, a gay Black man with a history of addiction and mental illness who was shot inside his apartment after two officers entered his home.
“There’s no justice to be had in this case,” New York City Council Member Pierina Sanchez said, adding that she had lived near Trawick. “Justice would be having Kawaski living his dreams in the City of New York, in the Bronx, in our neighborhood. Justice would be having Kawaski here today. But we’re here to say we’re not forgetting. We’re not leaving this alone.”
The rally was organized by Make the Road New York and Communities United for Police Reform to call on new NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban to fire the officers. The speakers included New York City Mayor Eric Adams in their requests.