Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. parents of slain teenager Michael Brown, will attend a protest rally in New York for Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after an illegal chokehold was applied during an arrest.
The rally, scheduled for Saturday is expected to draw 15,000. The protest will begin on the street near where Garner was killed, and proceed on to the Staten Island District Attorney’s office. Though the medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, Officer Daniel Pantaleo who applied the illegal chokehold, has yet to be charged or arrested. Pantaleo remains on the job on restricted duty. Four EMT technicians responding to the scene were suspended.
Brown’s death at the hand of Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson, has engendered a furious response from the community who have protested since he was killed on August 9th. An international contingent of media, activists, community organizations, clergy, celebrities and even members of the international human rights group Amnesty International have come to Ferguson to protest Brown’s killing.
Rev. Al Sharpton, who planned Saturday’s march says that the march will be peaceful.
“If anything were to happen, we’d be the first one to stop and turn those people out of our march. We do not lead violent marches,” Sharpton said.
The “We Will Not Go Back” protest will begin on Saturday at 12 noon, kicking off at Victory Boulevard and Bay Street.
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Remembering Mike Brown On His 19th Birthday (May 20, 1996- August 9, 2014)
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1. Mike Brown, just a normal 18-year-old on his way to college
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2. Mike Brown playing around with a family member
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3. Mike Brown's mother Lesley McFadden and father, Michael Brown, Sr. at a press conference.
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4. Lesley McSpadden, Mike Brown's mother and his stepfather, Louis Head, comfort each other after his death.
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5. Residents of Ferguson, Missouri create a memorial where Mike Brown was killed.
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6. Clergy and residents gather in Ferguson.
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7. Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson.
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8. Police and protestors come face to face in Ferguson.
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9. Riot police on the scene in Ferguson, Missouri.
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10. Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
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12. Peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri.
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13. Howard University students stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri.
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14. National Moment of Silence protest around the country, this one shut down Times Square
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15. Missouri Highway Patrol captain Ron Johnson changes the police tone in Ferguson, Missouri.
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16. Milwaukee, Wisconsin protestors stand in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri.
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17. Out of the mouths of babes.
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18. A candle for peace glows as part of a vigil in St. Louis
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19. Teens in Philadelphia observe the NMOS'14. It's all about LOVE.
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20. Mike Brown allegedly involved in store confrontation/robbery before his death.
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21. Police stats from Ferguson, Missouri.
Source:Mother Jones infographic
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22. Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside of the Ferguson city hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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23. Police officers confront protesters Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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25. Police shoot pepper spray toward protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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26. In this aerial photo,people look at a row of charred cars at a used car dealership, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo.
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27. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Dallas, TX.
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28. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Atlanta, Georgia.
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29. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Boston, Massachusetts.
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30. Citizens protest the Ferguson Decision in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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