Thousands of people gathered in Manhattan on Saturday, October 24 for #RiseUpOctober, a national day of action against police brutality, murder and mass incarceration. Families of those killed by police across the nation traveled to New York for the event, which began with a rally in Washington Square Park where the families — along with notable figures Carl Dix, Chris Hedges, Cornell West and Quentin Tarantino — took to the stage and then to the streets to tell the stories and demand justice for those murdered at the hands of police. “Our demand is very simple,” proclaimed Carl Dix, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, who organized the action. “Police violence, police terror must stop. Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell.”
Family members of people killed by police across the nation address the crowd in Washington Square Park.
Nicholas Heyward, father of Nicholas Heyward Jr., who was killed by a New York City police officer on September 27, 1994, addresses the crowd.
Families of people killed by police across the nation gather at the center of the rally.
A woman listens to the speakers.
"We've got to have love in our hearts," said Dr. Cornel West.
Protesters carry signs with pictures and information about people killed by police across the nation.
After leaving Washington Square Park, people march toward Bryant Square via 6th Avenue.
"Hands up, don't shoot!" A young man leads chants through a megaphone as the march moves north.
A mobile stage traveled with the crowd.
"No justice, no peace! No racist police!" A young man leads chants as the march approaches 42nd Street.