On Saturday night, while a group of looters were smashing windows and damaging property along Second Avenue, Desiree Barnes made an impassioned plea to the group.
Barnes, reportedly a former aide in the Obama White House, approached the group between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place around 9 p.m. ... where Dan LaDue began capturing her video ...
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The last 24 hours have been a journey. After talking with people I respect and some sleep, the right thing to do is for this to stay up. I have to stand by what I know I felt from her in that moment of wanting to get her message out. The resonance from people from all walks of life, all across the board, both sides of the aisle, is something I haven't seen from people in a long time. She's a New Yorker, she knew what she was doing. She's frustrated and wanted to be heard. Some people don't want that opinion heard. And based off the overwhelming amount of messages people sent yesterday, she isn't alone. I stand by what I did. I'm out here now looking for her, hope to have an update soon. Please share, thank you. Edit: the legend @dnbarnes