‘Give us our sh*t’: Demonstrators in Rochester call for reparations

‘Give us our sh*t’: Demonstrators in Rochester call for reparations
Demonstrations in Rochester (Image: Twitter screen grab)

By Jake Dima

Protesters in Rochester, N.Y. chanted on Saturday “give us our sh*t” as unrest and calls for reparations in the city grow.

“If they don’t give us our sh*t, we’ll shut sh*t down!” a group of protesters chanted, video uploaded by Twitter user ScooterCasterNY showed. One protester carried a burning object.

Demonstrators also chanted “who shut sh*t down, we shut sh*t down” and “whose streets, our streets,” according to the video.

On Sunday, lawyer and activist Danielle Ponder spoke to protesters in front of the Rochester Public Safety Building, saying that reparations could decrease property crimes, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. Ponder is quoted as having said:

Why do we have property crimes? Because people are living in poverty. Because people are dealing with drug addictions. What if we had the drug rehabilitation centers that rich people have? … What if we gave reparations to the Black community? What if we ensure everyone is making a living wage so they can take care of their children?

Civil unrest in Rochester began after a video surfaced showing the March death of Daniel Prude, a black man who died in police custody, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. Prude’s autopsy ruled his death to be a homicide by asphyxiation.

Some of the demonstrations in the city have turned violent, video showed. Rioters intimidated outdoor restaurant patrons on Saturday, breaking tables and forcing diners to flee the area.

Demonstrators can be seen drinking diners’ beverages and breaking glass, according to video.

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