New Jersey: Protesters Rally Over Police Killing of Black Man

police shooting death of 25-year-old Thelonious McKnight

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PATERSON,NJ — In protest of last week’s police shooting death of 25-year-old Thelonious McKnight, about 50 people held a rally outside City Hall on Tuesday night and marched through the streets of the city’s downtown business district.

Speakers at the rally took issue with statements made by Mayor Andre Sayegh after the shooting in which he told news reporters that McKnight was armed and fired at an officer before an officer shot and killed him.

The protesters on Tuesday night insisted that McKnight did not have a gun and they repeatedly used the word “murder” to describe the police officers’ actions.

“They were determined they were going to kill a [expletive] that night,” Corey Teague, a Paterson school board member who is running for City Council, told the protesters. Read more.

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