Aleeia Abraham shot video of some police officers kneeling with protesters on Sunday during a march calling for justice for George Floyd.
Abraham runs an organization called The BlaQue Resource Network in Queens.
She said that a couple of hundred people marched a few blocks to express their outrage about the needless killing of black people. She said the march was very peaceful.
The 103rd Precinct is around the corner from where they marched, so police knew about it in advance and were there.
In the video, protesters are kneeling and their surprise can be heard when some of the officers take a knee as well.
"I definitely didn’t expect that," Abraham said. "I’ve never seen that."
She said she'd never seen police do that in all her years of activism, or even on television at other protests.
"That’s great, it’s a good sign but what we’re really looking for is action," Abraham said. "I’ll be even more impressed when we’re not stepped on and gunned down. That’s the moment I’m looking for."
A pastor invited the officers to come into the circle of protesters to kneel with them, which was greeted with cheers from the crowd. Then they recited the names of people who had died.
Abraham said it was very nice to see, but it was only a start.
“I really want to be clear that that’s not enough. It’s a nice start, but it’s nowhere near enough," she said.