NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — More than 10,000 Americans demanded change at a national march against police violence in Washington, D.C. Saturday afternoon.
Demonstrators marched with signs that reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Who do you protect? Who do you serve.”
Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the Urban League and the NAACP sponsored the demonstration.
“Show the world today this is not a black march or a white march, this is an American march for the rights of American people,” Sharpton said to the cheering crowd.
The families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Akai Gurley’s domestic partner also attended.
“What a sea of people,” said Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown. “If they don’t see this and make a change, then I don’t know what we got to do. Thank you for having my back.”
Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, called the march a “history-making moment.”
“It’s just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us today,” she said. “I mean, look at the masses. Black, white, all races, all religions — we need to stand like this at all times.”
Some of the speakers urged the crowd to chant “I can’t breathe,” which Garner had said before his death. Others called for a chant of “Hands up, don’t shoot.”