Demonstrators are calling for a NEW GRAND Jury by DA Mike McMahon in the case of Eric Garner

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Demonstrators were Chanting “A New Grand Jury, A New Grand Jury and, What do we want? Justice, When Do We Want it? Now!” outside the rear of the Staten Island Supreme court house and across from District Attorney, Mike McMahon’s office at 130 Stuyvesant Pl. yesterday.

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Sign Reads; DA Mike McMahon We Urge You To Convene a New Grand Jury by the SIARAPB, Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality
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The crowd Chanting Eric Garner’s last words 11 times, “I Can’t Breathe”
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Jay Arena of Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality

Jay told me SIARAPB was made up of students, people in the community and are there with a couple of major demands; 1. The new DA Michael McMahon, bring charges against Daniel Pantaleo for the murder of Eric Garner. “He can re convene a new Grand Jury, whatever it takes to try this guy, to convict him, send him to jail where he belongs. It’s an outrage. It’s been over a year and nothing has been done. The only person who has gone to jail connected to this case is Ramsey Orta, who filmed the crime. And that says volumes around the impunity that exist here in NYC and in the United States around Police brutality and Police terror. We’re going to keep fighting. We’re right here based in SI”.

“In addition, we’re demanding an end to the, so-called, Broken Windows policing which led the cops to harass, attack and kill Eric Garner. And that’s the whole political establishment is behind it. All these people portraying, fanning concern for Eric Garner, what happened, they back the same policing, racist, capitalist strategy that led to Eric Garner’s death. People like Bill De Blasio, people like Debbie Rose, the council woman who’s office is here, and, obviously, the DA.”

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“Aunt Shirley” from the forgotten borough of Staten Island holding sign to Drop All Retaliation Charges Against Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the Eric Garner video who has been arrested multiple times on what he and many are saying is in retaliation for filming the Eric Garner video.
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Phoebe Blue holding sign in support of Ramsey Orta, who filmed Eric Garner’s murder by NYPD

When I asked Phoebe why she was in support of a New Grand Jury in the case of Eric Garner vs Daniel Pantaleo, she told me, “What went down almost 2 years ago was murder and should not be forgotten and justice should happen and that means not letting this man be a police officer ever again, anymore or being paid for that in any way”.

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A group of supporters who came out to demand justice for slain Eric Garner by NYPD 3:30 p.m. Date: July 17, 2014 () Location: 202 Bay Street, Staten Island, New York
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“Danesha” Reading out the demands and the group repeating it in response, “THE DA MUST CONVENE A NEW GRAND JURY TO INDICT PANTALEO FOR ERIC GARNER’S MURDER. IT IS NOT DOUBLE JEOPARDY TO HAVE A NEW GRAND JURY, SO WE DEMAND A NEW GRAND JURY. MIKE MCMAHON STATEN ISLAND DA , MUST CONVENE A NEW GRAND JURY. DURING HIS CAMPAIGN FOR DA OF STATEN ISLAND, HE STATED HIS SUPPORT FOR STOP AND FRISK WHICH HAD ALREADY BEEN DISAVOWED BY THE MAYOR AND THE POLICE COMMISSIONER. UNFORTUNATELY, BRATTON AND De BLASIO REPLACED IT WITH BROKEN WINDOWS WHICH ALSO TARGETS MINORITIES. De BLASIO AND THE CITY COUNCIL ADD ANOTHER 1300 MORE COPS. MORE COPS MEANS MORE ARRESTS. MORE ARRESTS MEANS MORE PEOPLE ON RIKERS ISLAND AND MORE UNEMPLOYED WORKERS. WE CANNOT DEPEND ON ANY POLITICIAN TO HELP US BUILD A MASS MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE THAT CAN LEAD TO REAL CHANGE. SO COME AND JOIN US TO RALLY AT MIKE McMAHON’S OFFICE BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND A NEW GRAND JURY”.
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Legacy Garner, youngest daughter of Eric Garner, will be turing 2, is blowing the whistle on Police Brutality and Terror.
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Travis Morales, who is an outspoken activist against police brutality and mass incarceration calling it a “Systemic problem. If you want to get to the root of this , if you want to understand why this is happening and how to actually get rid of this, how we can make a revolution. How we can get to a world free of this, you need to get into Bob Avakian, member of the Revolutionary Communist Party.”

See Facebook event page for additional info Convene a New Grand Jury Charging Daniel Pantaleo

https://www.facebook.com/events/1531917337102757/

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