Image Credit: Reuters

Image Credit: Reuters

Rev. Al Sharpton’s response to the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer that choked 43-year-old Eric Garner to death is to announce a national march on Washington that will be carried out on Saturday, Dec. 13th.

After news spread that Garner’s death would not be vindicated, protesters stormed the streets of New York City in huge numbers on Tuesday.

Sharpton is convinced that the matter has escalated into a “national crisis” and needs to be treated as such accordingly. While standing with Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner, his mother, Gwen Carr, and other community leaders, Sharpton gave a statement regarding the ongoing crisis, “It is a time for a national march to deal with a national crisis. We are dealing with a national crisis, how many people have to die before people understand this is not an illusion?’ “This is a reality that America has got to come to terms with”.

Sharpton also asked the federal government to conduct a separate investigation into the suspicious deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice.

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  • Robin

    Marches and protests are great demonstrations to grab the worlds attention which is great. We have done these very well because the world is on our side and see us. But Black people we need a much BIGGER impact then the usual. Let’s stop recycling what’s been done before. If we can come up with a new dance, new language surely we can come up with code of conduct.

  • Dessoftruth

    There are a lot of idiots on this thread. Protests help the situation. Stop talking about Sharpton like he is the plague. And abortion is a woman’s choice that should not be discussed in a Civil Rights story!

    • mdottwo

      The Civil Rights movement was/is about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Life is critical to any and every thing that human beings do.
      Life is the most precious commodity you have. We’re talking about the taking of black life. Black life is the issue, no matter what the color of the person who is annihilating it. Abortion is being manipulated as a weapon against black life in America, and is therefore germane to everything that has to do with African American culture.