A group of anti-cop dissenters burned an American flag outside a Staten Island police station house in protest of the NYPD’s investigation into the death of a black teenage boy who police said suffered a fatal asthma attack after a gang-related street fight last month, video shows.
In a video posted to YouTube, demonstrators can be seen gathered outside of the 121st Precinct station house for the staged flag burning on Saturday.
“We light fire for the ancestors who have gone before us who were lynched,” a woman can be hearing saying in the video as another person attempts to ignite the small flag.
“We light this flag for Dayshen McKenzie, who was lynched,” said the woman.
The flag burning, planned by the group “NYC Shut It Down,” was organized to “put pressure on the NYPD” to find those involved in the fight related to McKenzie, an unnamed protester told NBC.
In the video protesters can also be heard saying, “We light this flag for Akai Gurley, who was lynched. We light this flag for Eric Garner, who was lynched.”
Protesters also called out the names Trayvon Martin, Ramarley Graham, Freddie Gray and Nicholas Heyward Jr.