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At 6:15 p.m. on Friday, a young protester held up a large mirror, inches away from a police officer’s face. 

Written in blood red paint across the front of the mirror were the words, “Look at yourself.”

“I wanted to make them see themselves,” explained the protester, as large crowds gathered at Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn. “I’m tired of us having to fight for something and they don’t see us. So if they’re not going to see us, they’ve got to see themselves.” Motioning at the red letters on the mirror, they added, “This is all the blood that they have spilled.”

Four days after George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis, protests continued across the country on Friday night. In New York City, the demonstrations began at Manhattan’s Foley Square at 4 p.m. before thousands gathered in front of Barclays Center two hours later.

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