Andrew Yang was filmed pedaling away after bike protesters called him ‘pro-cop’ and chanted ‘shame’ at him during a Daunte Wright protest in the Big Apple on Tuesday.
Yang, who is running for Mayor of New York City, rode with about 150 cyclists across the Brooklyn Bridge from Barclays Center in Brooklyn into Lower Manhattan before he was confronted in Battery Park.
Wright, a 20-year-old black man, was fatally shot by former police officer Kim Potter in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday during a traffic stop. Potter resigned on Tuesday and has claimed that she mistook her firearm for her Taser.
Yang, 46, was spotted wearing a blue suit with a ‘Forward New York’ face mask while pedaling a black Schwinn bicycle with a baby seat attached.
‘You don’t care about the community. Get you’re a** out of here. We do not want you here,’ one woman with a megaphone yells at the former presidential hopeful.
A second woman shouts: ‘You’re pro-cop!’
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Andrew Yang was filmed pedaling away after bike protesters called him ‘pro-cop’ and chanted ‘shame’ at him during a Daunte Wright protest in the Big Apple
Protesters told Yang to leave because he is ‘pro-cop’ and chanted ‘shame’ at him until he pedaled away
Yang, who is running for Mayor of New York City, rode with about 150 cyclists across the Brooklyn Bridge from Barclays Center in Brooklyn into Lower Manhattan
Yang, 46, is pictured at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday during a ‘Justice for Daunte Wright’ bike ride
Yang, 46, was spotted wearing a blue suit with a ‘Forward New York’ face mask while pedaling a black Schwinn bicycle with a baby seat attached
Yang received backlash last month while giving a speech in the aftermath of a string of hate crimes against Asian-Americans in the United States
Another woman then grabs the microphone and tells Yang: ‘Do not use our protest for your publicity. We do not want you here. You’re pro-cop, get out of here. Shame on you, Andrew Yang. Shame.’
The crowd then chants ‘shame’ repeatedly while Yang pedals off with a group of his supporters trailing after him.
Yang received backlash last month while giving a speech in the aftermath of a string of hate crimes against Asian-Americans in the United States.
He said during the speech that, as mayor, ‘one of the first things’ he would do is fund the ‘the Asian Hate Crime Force and the police,’ according to FreedomNews.TV.
‘This is not an issue that you can have volunteers addressing,’ Yang said to cheers from the crowd. ‘If crime against a community goes up 900% you don’t say ‘oh let volunteers take care of that.’ You dedicate resources until that problem feels like it is going down not up.’
However, later in the March 21 speech Yang was apparently meet with chants of ‘Defund the Police’ – a movement championed by Black Lives Matter protesters that has sparked since the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor early last year.
‘I know there are people that are passionate about this, but the fact of the matter is when someone gets stabbed you need the police to follow up. That person should not be on the streets,’ Yang responded.
Yang also faced backlash from the Asian-American community last week over a recent column in Washington Post in which he addressed the anti-Asian racism that has spread through America with the coronavirus pandemic, ABC News reported.
The op-ed was titled ‘We Asian Americans are not the virus, but we can be part of the cure’ and he details feeling ‘self-conscious — even a bit ashamed — of being Asian’ during a recent trip to the grocery store.
Yang was seen biking over the Brooklyn Bridge with protesters while wearing a full suit
Yang wore a face mask that reads ‘Forever New York’ while listening to speakers during the protest
Yang traveled with the group into Lower Manhattan before he was eventually heckled
Yang prepares to pedal away while protesters chant ‘shame’ at him for participating in the protest ride
Yang is seen ahead of a group of his supporters who trailed away with him from the protest
In the article, Yang called on the Asian-American community to display more patriotism.
‘We Asian Americans need to embrace and show our American-ness in ways we never have before,’ Yang wrote.
‘We need to step up, help our neighbors, donate gear, vote, wear red white and blue, volunteer, fund aid organizations, and do everything in our power to accelerate the end of this crisis. We should show without a shadow of a doubt that we are Americans who will do our part for our country in this time of need.’
Simu Liu, an Asian Canadian actor who Jung Kim in the CBC TV show Kim’s Convenience, called the article a ‘slap in the face,’ ABC News reported.
Jenny Yang, an Asian American comedian and writer, told the outlet that her ‘stomach sink’ when reading the article.
‘Andrew is telling us we cannot expect telling people to not be racist to work, so we should lean in to be more American so we will be less threatening to other Americans,’ Jenny Yang said.