Rev. Al Sharpton
As people from across the city and country gathered for Saturday’s march on Staten Island in support of Eric Garner and his family, they vowed never to forget all the victims of what they call, police brutality.
With so many people pouring into a small section of Staten Island for Saturday’s march and rally over the death of Eric Garner, there was concern from some businesses and residents over the crowds.
No parking signs are already up along the march route where crowds are expected to fill the streets for hours.
The NYPD announced the following street closures for the “We Will Not Go Back” march and rally for Eric Garner on Staten Island Saturday.
The NYPD is planning a low-key approach for policing Saturday’s mega-march, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, to protest the deadly struggle with police that killed a Staten Island man.
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is warning local merchants to consider closing their doors on Saturday in case violence breaks out during a march against police brutality.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan is bringing together the mayor and other religious leaders for a roundtable meeting spawned by the death of a man placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer.
The Medical Examiner’s office previously dubbed Garner’s July 17 death a homicide caused by “compression of his neck (chokehold), compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”
The de Blasio administration on Monday was trying to ensure that peace is maintained the Staten Island rally for Eric Garner – the man who died in police custody last month.
Rev. Al Sharpton announced Saturday that plans to march over the Verrazano Bridge have changed, and that now they will take buses over the bridge.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday night played down the impact of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s point of view on city and police policy.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday there are a number of concerns associated with a possible march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in response to the police-custody death of Eric Garner.
Fallout from the police custody death of Eric Garner continued Wednesday, as the Rev. Al Sharpton claimed he has the right to dictate police policy because he and his supporters “won the election.”
Sharpton also attacked the idea of a possible NYPD slowdown
Ramsey Orta, 22, was arrested Saturday night on Staten Island on a charge of criminal possession of a firearm, an NYPD spokesman said.