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Thousands March in Staten Island for Eric Garner Calling for Police Accountability

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reverend Al Sharpton and former Gov. David Paterson, along with UFT President Michael Mulgrew marching in Staten Island for Eric Garner. Reverend Al Sharpton and former Gov. David Paterson, along with UFT President Michael Mulgrew marching in Staten Island for Eric Garner. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Descending on Staten Island Saturday, thousands of protestors called for police accountability for the death of Eric Garner six weeks ago. The rally was led by Reverend Al Sharpton and billed as the "We Will Not Go Back" march.

Many stores remained closed for the rally, out of fear of vandalism, but the rally was peaceful. Rev. Al Shaprton reiterated his call for a federal investigation into Garner's death. The Staten Island district attorney will present evidence to a grand jury to determine whether charges will be brought against the officers.

Protestors in Staten Island calling for justice for Eric Garner and police accountability.
Protestors in Staten Island calling for justice for Eric Garner and police accountability.
Protestors in Staten Island calling for justice for Eric Garner and police accountability march with their hands up down Bay Street.
Marchers headed up Bay Street to the Staten Island District Attorney's office.
Poster and a vigil for Eric Garner at the site where he was killed.
Posters and a vigil for Eric Garner at the site where he was killed. Garner's widow stopped by the site before the march began.
William Cooper, marched in the rally on Staten Island. He hopes the officers involved in Garner's death will be held accountable.
William Cooper, wearing a shirt with the names of other black New Yorkers killed. "Every police officer isn't bad, but you have to hold the ones that walk around with a swagger, a chip on their shoulder, because they have a badge and feel they can kill people, put them in an illegal chokehold, you have to hold them accountable," Cooper said.
 
 
 

 

 

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