Civil rights activists are slated to protest in Manhattan (New York) at Gracie Mansion, Mayor DeBlasio's residence, on Thursday, July 18, at 16:00 (local time). The protest comes as the fifth-year anniversary of a controversial police killing, of which the police officer remains employed with the New York Police Department. Protesters are calling for his removal from the police force.
Protesters are expected to announce an 11-day protest called "11 Days of Rage" at Gracie Mansion on Thursday, to honor the deceased, Eric Gardner, and rally for the officer's firing.
Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected in the vicinity of the protests. Clashes cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Manhattan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized disruptions and a heightened security presence near any demonstrations, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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