(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Since Thursday evening, Black Lives Matter protesters have been on-and-off occupying the streets of New York City. Demonstrations were held almost continuously this weekend in New York and cities across the country in response to the police killings of three black men earlier last week. The victims, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Philando Castile of Minnesota and Delrawn Smalls of Brooklyn, were killed within three days of one another in what protesters say were incidents indicative of larger patterns of anti-black policing tactics and a general disregard for black lives amongst law enforcement.
While the protests were ubiquitous enough that they were almost hard to avoid in Manhattan, those that couldn’t make it out onto the streets could also see the demonstrations unfolding on social media, where demonstrators and media outlets documented what was happening in real-time:
July 8
Protests, which started the night before, continued on Friday. These marchers went through the East Village and the Lower East Side early Friday evening.

Protesters continued uptown, moving gradually through the East Village. The scene was largely peaceful, resulting in few arrests.

July 9
Hundreds if not thousands of people marched from the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan to Union Square around 9 p.m. Saturday evening. Those gathered had come from the Brooklyn Bridge, where the protests began that evening, and eventually marched in several directions.

Several demonstrations were also held in Brooklyn this weekend, including some in honor of Delrawn Small, the Brooklyn man who was killed by an off-duty police officer in a road rage incident on July 4.

During the evening, some protesting the death of Small marched onto the FDR Drive and shut down traffic going both ways.

The crowd stood in the middle of the roadway and chanted at stopped cars until police eventually broke up the blockade. Some 23 protesters were arrested, a police spokesperson told B+B.

July 10
On Sunday, protesters marched silently to Union Square from Bryant Park and Times Square during the early afternoon. The crowd rallied in the square before marching in several directions across the city.

Protesters made a memorial banner to hang in Times Square, where they’d been periodically staging sit-ins throughout the day.

Protesters continued to march throughout Sunday night, despite rainstorms.

Organizers are planning to continue demonstrating in New York City tonight. According to social media, protesters will be massing at around 6 p.m. at the foot of the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Those gathered will presumably rally before marching through the city, as crowds have done every night since Thursday.