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Anger at police racism spreads across US

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2434

Tens of thousands of people marched in New York, where a cop killed Eric Carner

Tens of thousands of people marched in New York, where a cop killed Eric Garner (Pic: The All-Nite Images/Flickr)

Tens of thousands of people protested in cities across the US last weekend to demand justice for victims of police racism.

In Washington DC thousands staged a Justice For All civil rights march to the Capitol led by veteran activist Rev Al Sharpton.

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, who was killed by white officer Darren Wilson in August, addressed the crowd. She said, “What a sea of people. If they don’t see this and make a change, then I don’t know what we got to do.”

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner who was killed after being put in a chokehold by a New York City cop, also spoke. She urged people to continue the fight.

“Look at the masses,” she said. “Black, white, all races, all religions.We need to stand like this at all times.” 

The refusal of two grand juries to indict cops for the killing of Michael and Eric has spurred the anger and protests.

In New York organisers said up to 50,000 joined a march last Saturday. Protests lasted into the night. In Boston cops arrested 23 people. 

International solidarity has also been met with police repression. In London some 400 took part in a die-in last week with cops arresting 76 people. A meeting was held last Saturday to discuss how to defend those arrested.


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