Eric Garner March

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In response to violent protests caused by decades of racial tension between civilians and the police in Ferguson, MO, and the murder of Eric Garner in NYC, Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Action Network (NAN) and other organizations and community leaders organized a rally protesting illegal maneuvers still being used by the NYPD. NAN representatives stated logistics of the march would incorporate community leaders all along the route and designate them as “marshals” wearing orange bans on their arms. Multiple organizations were represented as well, including SEIU, UFT and NAACP.  Also present were Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Ydanis Rodriguez, Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Laurie Cumbo, among other city-officials.

The route began at the site where Garner was illegally choked by NYPD officers and snaked along the waterfront until it reached the stage where the Rev. Al Sharpton and others were set to speak. The security presence was very noticeable as was expected after the incidents in Ferguson.

Though the atmosphere was tense, the march itself was altogether peaceful, no reports of violence from the police or protestors. One observation why this may be the case is perhaps because the police were seen at times marching side-by-side with the protestors, including some top brass, however in Ferguson, that was not the case. An overall success, the march ended off with protestors hearing from community leaders as well as the Rev. Al Sharpton.