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New York protesters stage rally against police violence on blacks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
People shout slogans during a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in New York on July 09, 2016. (AFP photo)

US protesters have staged a rally in New York City to slam police brutality and raise awareness about what they call institutionalized racism in law enforcement departments.

About 100 protesters occupied a transit center near New York City Hall on Monday.

The protesters were chanting, “We don’t need these killer cops on our streets, on our blocks.”

The rally coincided with the second anniversary of the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

The ongoing spate of police killings of African Americans has sparked anger and protests throughout the country.

The latest demonstration came amid renewed anger over the fatal shooting of several young African-American men by police around the US.

Activists participate in an anti-police brutality protest in City Hall Park in New York City on August 01, 2016. (AFP photo)

On July 5, Alton Sterling was fatally shot during a struggle with officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile was killed the following day by an officer in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Their deaths triggered revenge attacks against police by two black US military veterans. Five officers were shot and killed in Dallas, Texas, on July 7 and three were ambushed and fatally shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 17.

Two-thirds of young blacks and about half of Latinos in the US say that they or someone they know has experienced police violence or harassment, according to a new poll.

The GenForward poll found that 66 percent of African Americans aged 18-30 and 4 in 10 Hispanics said they had personally experienced violence or harassment at the hands of police.

Some 1,063 people were either fatally shot or tasered to death by police in 2012, out of an estimated 12.3 million stops and arrests, according to a recent study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Maryland.

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