NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An Essex County mother whose son was shot and killed by police is calling for a march in Newark.
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, before the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Michele Kamal says there was her son.
“Three Irvington police officers to shoot at him 15 times and 10 bullets actually hit him. No one deserves that,” she said.
Abdul Kamal, 30, was killed by police in Irvington after authorities said he broke into his estranged wife’s apartment in November of last year.
Kamal allegedly refused to take his hands out of his pockets before police opened fire.
Kamal’s mother is awaiting a grand jury decision on the case, but is calling for change, Smith reported.
“For the police to understand that they can’t just murder people in the street,” she said.
A march and rally is set for Wednesday in downtown Newark to remember Kamal, Brown, and Garner.
“I say I don’t want anyone else to go through this,” Kamal said. “But until things change it’s going to happen again and again.”
Brown, who was unarmed, was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend. His death has sparked national outrage and prompted days of protests that have seen clashes with police.
Garner, of Staten Island, died while in police custody last month after a police officer put the father of six in a chokehold — a move banned by the NYPD. Garner’s arrest was captured on cell phone video and led to weeks of protesting from the Staten Island community.
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