Police Reform Activists Targeted by NYPD Won't Give In to Threats
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The interactions between Gonzalez and police escalated, alongside a growing movement, and culminated at this Father’s Day march, where a silent march of 50,000 demanded an end to the racist policing tactic.
That day, Gonzalez says that police violently arrested her 23-year-old sister, Samantha Gonzalez, only to release her moments later without charges. Samantha’s arrest was egregious: The crowd shouted as she was dragged away with her breast exposed. Gonzalez firmly believes what she calls her sister’s “assault” to be an attack on her and her work.
Gonzalez says that she will continue her fight—even if the police find a way to take her off the streets.
“If they incarcerate me, I will continue to bring my message to the women behind bars,” she said.
During her last stint in Riker’s, Gonzalez had her whole cellblock talking about racist policing.
Kristen Gwynne covers drugs at AlterNet. She graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism and psychology.