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Rev. Al Sharpton calls for national march in DC to protest police violence

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 - 03:03

Civil rights activist says after the deaths of Eric Gardner and Michael Brown by police, it's time to deal with a ''national crisis.'' Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Civil rights activist, Rev. Al Sharpton says there will be a national march in Washington, D.C. on Saturday (December 13) to protest police violence in the U.S. He made the announcement after a New York City grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man with a chokehold sparked outrage and protests on Wednesday (December 3), and the U.S. Justice Department said it would investigate the incident. Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was illegally selling cigarettes on July 17 when police officers tackled him and put him in a chokehold. Police said he had been resisting arrest. The city's medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. The deadly encounter on Staten Island, New York City's smallest borough, was captured on video, which quickly spread over the Internet and fueled debate about how U.S. police use force, particularly against minorities. Last week, a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict a white police officer in another racially charged killing of a black man. The decision in that case sparked a spasm of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, with businesses burned and looted.The Justice Department is investigating whether Brown's civil rights were violated through excessive force. Sharpton said at this point there is a lack of confidence in local state prosecutors because they "work hand in hand with the local police." Joining Sharpton at the press conference were members of Garner's family. His mother said she is 'truly' disappointed in the grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer while Eswa Garner, the victim's widow, asked 'who's going to play Santa Claus for my kids this year?"

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Rev. Al Sharpton calls for national march in DC to protest police violence

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 - 03:03