Multiple arrests were made as dozens of NYPD officers clashed with the BLM protesters outside New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday.
In cellphone footage of the altercation, police can be heard yelling at demonstrators lining the streets to 'Move back!' while the protesters chant 'Black Lives Matter'.
A seven-second video clip shared on Twitter showed dozens of demonstrators standing outside the museum shouting: "If we don't get no justice, then they don't get no peace."
Alongside the footage, the Twitter user wrote: "There is a #BlackLivesMatter protest outside the #MetGala this year’s theme 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.'"
Another clip showed several protesters being taken away in handcuffs by police.
As hundreds of people looked on behind police barricades, one woman was heard screaming: "This is what they do... they don't care."
A copy of the flyer from the protest indicates that the protests were initiated by an 'autonomous group of NYC abolitionists who believe that policing does not protect and serve communities.'
'The NYPD has a total financial allocation of $11 billion per year. This money goes towards racist policing that destroys Black and brown communities while people who are struggling do not get the resources they need. CARE, not COPS, is the answer,' the flyer read.
It is remains unclear how many protests were arrested.
The gala's theme this year was in celebration of the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, 'In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.' The exhibit will open to the public in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18th.
The gala usually takes place on the first Monday in May, but was delayed due to Covid-19 fears until last night. The 2020 event was cancelled entirely due to the pandemic. The theme in 2018 was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, with Rihanna coming dressed as the Pope, while 2019 was Camp: Notes on Fashion.
This year's Met Gala marks the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary
Despite the implemented event changes, The Met Gala has attracted its usual mix of A-list hosts in the form of Hollywood actor Timothee Chalamet, 25, pop sensation Billie Eilish, 19, poet Amanda Gorman, 23, and 23-year-old tennis star Naomi Osaka.
Honorary chairs for the evening are fashion designer Tom Ford, Instagram head Adam Mosseri, and Vogue's Anna Wintour.
Filmmaker Melina Matsoukas, known for the drama film Queen & Slim, has been commissioned to create an open-ended film to project in the galleries, with content changing during the course of the exhibition.
Max Hollein, the Met’s director, said in a statement: "Fashion is both a harbinger of cultural shifts and a record of the forces, beliefs, and events that shape our lives."