NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A pledge of zero tolerance for violence has been secured for a march to protest the death of Eric Garner in police custody on Staten Island.
As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, the Rev. Al Sharpton made the pledge after meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
After leading protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the police-involved shooting that killed Michael Brown, 18, Sharpton said the mega-march on behalf of Garner on Saturday will be peaceful with none of the confrontations that have plagued Ferguson.
“We do not tolerate violence at marches, because you cannot fight reckless violence by becoming that,” Sharpton said, “and if it ever were to occur, we would stop it and would not tolerate it. There is a difference between thugs and activists. We’re activists. We’re not thugs, and we will not harbor thugs.”
Sharpton’s zero-tolerance for violence pledge came a meeting hosted by Cardinal Dolan at the mayor’s request. Some of the city’s top faith leaders attended the meeting, with a goal of exploring ways to improve relations between police and the community.