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    Rev. Sharpton and marchers rally for Eric Garner yesterday in NY


    Thousands of protestors marched in solidarity yesterday while seeking justice for Eric Garner. Garner died while being detained by the NYPD for selling untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island. A police officer used a chokehold during the incident and Garner's death was ruled a homicide.

    The "We Will Not Go Back" march was led by Rev. Al Sharpton. The marchers met at the site of the "chokehold" incident and then peacefully marched to the 120th Precinct where the rally was held. A stage had been erected on the street and various speakers stood at the podium decrying excessive police force and a lack of justice when pursuing legal recourse against police officers after controversial incidents. Sharpton and many of the speakers stated that they were not protesting against the NYPD but targeting police officers who have used brutal force in the line of duty.

    Congressman Hakeem Jeffries spoke as well as former New York Governor David Patterson who cited numerous examples of people killed at the hands of the NYPD over the past 50 years.

    United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew acknowledged that his attending the rally was controversial but stated that the UFT has always been involved with civil rights. He stated that the event was not a protest against the NYPD but about justice and education.

    The mothers of Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, and Ramarley Graham also spoke. Their sons were killed during NYPD shootings that remain controversial.

    Eric Garner family members also expressed appreciation for the overwhelming support that they have received from the community and people across the country. Their calls for a non-violent response to Garner's death continue to be heard. Protestors have been peaceful during the events around the Garner case despite the level of anger and frustration felt by many.

    During the rally, Sharpton took a moment to acknowledge a member of the Garner family that was getting ready to begin college next week.

    Sharpton stated that those attending were not protesting against the NYPD but "police officers that break the law" and called for the justice system to fairly hold them accountable for their actions.

    The speakers acknowledged the ongoing situation in Missouri where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer two weeks ago. They expressed solidarity with the family and demanded fairness in all cases where police brutality is involved.

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