The tragedy that should never happen, the death of George Floyd, has enraged American society at large. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, curfews enacted in numerous major American cities, the people’s voice should be heard. Unfortunately, those protesting against police violence are not protected from it themselves. This sad truth has been recently proven in New York, where LGBTQ activists participated in peaceful protests. Last Tuesday, several demonstrators were severely injured in Stonewall Inn. “I never witnessed anything like this in my life,” said protestor Evan Catlett.
Jason Rosenberg (ACT UP NY) and Marti Gould Cummings (city council candidate) were among them. “We were peacefully protesting… and we started to see some escalation, and we sorta kept moving, and a lot of us linked arms in solidarity and civil disobedience, which is not resisting arrest,” Jason recalled. The arrests started soon after curfew coming into effect (8 p.m. EDT). After being arrested, Rosenberg and Cummings spent hours in police custody, where their suffering continued. No medical assistance was provided despite Jason having his hand badly broken. On top of that, the protesters arrested were not provided masks to prevent a possible spread of COVID-19.
The major question is for how long Americans will continue facing brutal police violence. This question requires an immediate response and an adequate solution. Not a single participant in a peaceful demonstration deserves to be injured. He, she, they are brave enough to openly tell about the problems the society faces. These people are just unable to keep silent about what they see and hear happening across the country. Is it the time to HEAR not to HIT?