Justice for Eric Garner rally in New York, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

One Year After Eric Garner’s Death, His Family Still Demands Justice

17 jul. 2015

Eric Garner’s death in 2014 at the hands of the NYPD helped spark a nationwide movement for police reform. One year later, his family has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with New York City, but they aren’t satisfied that justice has been served.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 23 July 2015


ONE YEAR since unarmed American black man Eric Garner died at the hands of the police, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of New York last Saturday to demand justice.

The threat of rain didn’t dampen the passion for justice at the Brooklyn rally, the event drew hundreds, including scores of US workers in their unions. Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 branch gathered with the rest of the crowd at Cadman Plaza in front of the US District Courthouse to demand justice and the federal prosecution of the New York police officers involved in Garner’s death on July 17, 2014.

‘It’s a beautiful thing to see all kinds of people here – every colour, race, creed and nationality standing up to say that Black Lives Matter,’ said Tasha Fowler, a mailroom clerk at Brooklyn’s Brookdale Hospital. But it has been one year and that cop hasn’t been indicted. He’s on desk duty. He’s still getting paid. That’s unacceptable.’

Speakers included New York City Council member Jumaane Williams, Assembly member Michael Blake, Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer. Eric Garner’s family members also spoke and thanked the crowd for their continued support. His mother, Gwenn Carr stood with other mothers whose sons were killed by the police, including 1199SEIU member Constance Malcolm.

Malcolm is the mother of Bronx teenager Ramarley Graham who in 2013 was shot to death by NYPD officer Richard Haste in front of Graham’s younger brother and grandmother.

‘I don’t know what this country is coming to,’ said Malcolm. ‘When a cop can break into your home and kill your kid. Ramarley deserves justice and I deserve answers.’ Elaine Gibson, a home health aide with United Cerebral Palsy, said she came to the rally to fight the deterioration she sees in today’s society.

The same day, the Ku Klux Klan was holding a rally in Columbia, South Carolina. ‘We are going backwards with all of this hatred. There are things that cannot be tolerated. There are things that just cannot be done. We are going to let people know that we are not going to stand for that,’ she said. ‘You cannot murder people without consequences. The law applies to everyone.’

The event was sponsored by 1199SEIU, 32BJ, The New York State Nurses Association, The National Action Network, The Black Institute, NAACP, NYCLU, Doctor’s Council, TWU Local 100 as well as Working Families Party, NYC Communities for Change, Justice League of NYC, Make the Road NY, Communities United for Police Reform, Centre for Constitutional Rights and VOCAL NY.

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