NEW YORK, NY – During the 2021 Met Gala in New York, a fashion show, a crowd of protestors clashed with police, prompting several arrests.

The group, claiming to be part of Black Lives Matter by chanting the same, was told to “Move back” by police multiple times, according to cell phone footage of the incident while they gathered outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The group was chanting, “If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no peace.”

When police barricaded the people to keep them back from the event, one woman can be heard on camera saying, “This is what they do… they don’t care.”

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The flyer for the protest event said it was planned by an “autonomous group of NYC abolitionists who believe that policing does not protect and serve communities.”

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“The NYPD has a total financial allocation of $11 billion per year,” the flyer said. “This money goes towards racist policing that destroys Black and brown communities while people who are struggling do not get the resources they need. CARE, not COPS, is the answer.”

Several arrests were made during the event, although it’s unclear exactly how many at this time.

This piece was written by Leah Anaya on September 13, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.

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