Black Lives Matter Protests Met Gala

Black Lives Matter Protests Met Gala

( – In 2013, protestors founded the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement after the courts set the alleged killer of Trayvon Martin free. The organization says its core goal is to fight white supremacy. BLM’s global network extends throughout the US, UK and Canada, and they regularly protest at major events — including the most recent Met Gala.

The Met Gala serves as an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute within New York City. Tickets cost around $30,000 for an individual, which is why only the most wealthy people get to attend. It’s by and large an event where celebrities rub shoulders with other stars and industry bigwigs.

Many people were surprised to learn that BLM set up a protest at the event. Police arrested several activists chanting the name of Mike Rosado, a man police killed after a shootout last month.

Videos captured at the event show police using a megaphone to inform the crowd they were being arrested for disorderly conduct. The announcement prompted an almost immediate scuffle between law enforcement agents and protest attendees.

As police attempted to detain individuals, officers restrained one woman. Onlookers yelled at the police to let her go. Once the altercation settled a bit, local police erected barricades to prevent protestors, who accused the agents of abusing their power, from returning.

The NYPD reportedly arrested at least nine people during the incident.

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