If you’re like, “What the heck is up with this protest that happened over the weekend?” and “Why is the NYPD boycotting Quentin Tarantino movies?” don’t worry. We have everything you need to know about Rise Up October, here:
1. Rise Up October protests have occurred throughout the month. The goal of the protests is to end brutality by the police and the justice system. Thousands of protestors gathered at Washington Square Park and marched up 6th Avenue on Saturday. The protesters had a parade permit, but did turn off the permitted route.
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) October 24, 2015
2. Quentin Tarantino and Cornel West were featured speakers, along with people whose family members were killed by police officers.
3. The head of the NYPD’s largest union, Patrick Lynch, responded to Tarantino’s speech by saying that it’s time for a boycott of all the director’s movies.
4. A total of 11 people were arrested at the protest, one of whom was a woman in her 70s. The charges for the arrests included disorderly conduct, obstructing vehicular traffic, failing to disperse, and resisting arrest.
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) October 24, 2015
5. Seven out of the 11 people arrested were released by Sunday morning.
6. An activist and radio host was injured when police officers “shoved him over their metal barricades,” according to his own account. He waited on the ground for 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
7. As of Monday afternoon, neither the city police commissioner nor the mayor has issued a statement on the protest, though both have said in the past that they want to enact reforms which will build trust between police and communities.
Cover photo credit: Keegan Stephan