15,000 March across Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Murder by Police


The protest was billed as #WeWillNotGoBack. Apparently neither Mayor Bill de Blasio nor Public Advocate Letitia James were expected to attend today’s events.

People gathered early, taking buses and ferries to Staten Island. The march began close to noon eastern at the site of Eric Garner’s murder by police. Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, suffered from asthma and was unarmed when he was stopped by police on July 17 in Staten Island for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

After resisting arrest, Garner was placed in a chokehold — an illegal tactic — by white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo and can be heard, in a cellphone video, screaming “I can’t breathe!” several times as he was forced to the ground and handcuffed.

The confrontation led to his death a short time later. The city medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and NYPD officers Pantaleo and Justin Damico have been reassigned during the investigation.

District Attorney Daniel Donovan plans to present evidence to a grand jury next month.

NYPD Staten Island Borough Commander Edward Delatorre just addressed the media.

He called the march “terrific,” and said the event did not result in any arrests, injuries or incidents.

Innocent street vendor Amado Dialo died in a hail of 41 police bullets when he pulled out his wallet.

Good work, all of you! We need to remember that this is our nation, our land, and we need to take it back and stop police brutality and assassination now.  Too many, too many…

From 2006:

‘As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.’

~ Woody Guthrie

(cross-posted at My.Firedoglake.com)

9 responses to “15,000 March across Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Murder by Police

  1. “Apparently neither (DEM) Mayor Bill de Blasio nor PUBLIC ADVOCATE(?) Letitia James were expected to attend today’s events.”
    Until the approximately 2 MILLION black citizens of NYC take Manhattan (but not “hold” it … learning from ‘Occupy’), yet OWSt. the bankster Rentier CLA$$; “it don’t mean a thing”!

  2. well, deBasio said that new yawkers should feel proud of this event, yada, yada. but it was sharpton an the po’po’s were out on their best political behavior. yes, but how many among the 15000 will buy into: obomba wants a report on the militarization of police departments? the center will not hold, nor hopefully the propaganda among the msm obot lovers.
    sorry to be so long. one might hope that i would finally get that i don’t get comments in emails almost ever these days. steep learning curve for me, given my brain’s…anomalies.

  3. deBasio … lol ! But, meanwhile finger-drumming for The MOBE; the 2, 875,000 have apparently ALREADY bought the report on 0’s OWN MIC/DHS popo militarization By DE$IGN!! We’re being $old0ut by a BU$H $HADOW!!!

    At LEAST we Cafe Babylonians Aren’t self-0botomized.

  4. The Guardian:

    “Barack Obama will send three White House aides to the funeral on Monday of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Leading the group for the service will be Broderick Johnson, the chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an Obama initiative that aims to empower young minorities. He will be accompanied by two representatives from the White House Office of Public Engagement, including deputy director Marlon Marshall, who attended high school with Brown’s mother.”

    what astute politics. pfffft.

    Michael Brown’s father has asked for a day of silence. The parents of Sean Bell and Jordan Davis will attend.

  5. mobe? 2 many acronyms 2 often 4 me to get, bruce.

    lovely cat stevens; thanks. o is so much worse than dubya on so many issues, me oh my. o is like the president john brennan would be.

  6. A resurrection of This MOBE:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Mobilization_Committee_to_End_the_War_in_Vietnam
    from the “Summer of Love”, summit of the 20th Century. NixOn ALL the Company cabal!

  7. oh. flash from the wayback machine. why not MOBEV? just doesn’t have the same ring?

  8. “On April 15, 1967, the Spring Mobilization’s massive march against the Vietnam War from Central Park to the United Nations attracted hundreds of thousands of people … The Mobe then planned and organized a large demonstration for Washington D.C. on October 21, 1967.”
    The Mobe was their own contraction; but their draw was hundreds Of THOUSANDS , beginning in the Big Apple (with MLK; meanwhile his wife simultaneously marched, across Our Land, in Love City) :

    New York can Do BETTER.

  9. This is amazing, wendye, and it reminds me of the tremendous outpouring of support for Occupy back then. They’re out there, those numbers, good people all. It’s gotta have the helmetted tankriding terrerists shaking in their militarized boots.

    I agree, those people doing that march are not gonna be Obama-snowed, no way. They marched for Occupy, and they saw what Obama did to Occupy. Pffttt indeed!

    Interesting, though, that the big brass feel they have to run to the front of the parade. Interesting and rather delicious. Hah, it’s way, way ahead of you guys. You nevah gonna catch up.

    Reminds me to say also that one thing New Zealand and the US have in common is total monopoly by ptb of the airways, so it takes something ultra-scandalous to cause a ripple in the consciousness of many down there as I don’t think they’re as disgusted with the media yet as we have become. I, for instance, have no clue if any tv news stations carried this amazing event, as I watch none of them now, for sanity’s sake. Plus the blood pressure; gotta watch that :))

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