I wonder if white people are allowed at this protest?
Rev. Al Sharpton is planning a national march on Washington next week following a grand jury decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner.
Sharpton said at a press conference Wednesday night at his National Action Network headquarters in Harlem that the march will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13.
“It’s time for a national march for a national crisis,” Sharpton said.
He continued: “We are not advocating violence, we are asking that police violence stop.”
Sharpton added the New York decision is yet another reason he has lost confidence in state grand juries and local prosecutors to bring such cases.
“State grand juries tend to be too compromised with local politics because local prosecutors run for office and they have to depend on the police for evidence,” he said. “Don’t we have the right to question grand juries when we’re looking at a video and seeing things that don’t make sense?”
The cell phone video of the last moments of Garner’s life was watched millions of times on the Internet, clearly showing a white police officer holding the unarmed black man in a chokehold, even as he repeatedly gasped, “I can’t breathe.”
But despite that visual evidence, and a medical examiner’s ruling that the chokehold contributed to the death, a Staten Island grand jury decided Wednesday not to bring any charges against the officer involved, sending thousands of protesters onto New York’s streets, where they marched, chanted and blocked traffic into the next morning.
While legal experts note it’s impossible to know how the grand jurors reached their conclusion, they say the Garner case, like Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, once again raised concerns about the influence local prosecutors have over the process of charging the police officers they work with on a daily basis.