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Civil Rights and Community Leaders Hold March to Demand Justice for Eric Garner

imageThe New York Civil Liberties Union will join thousands of civil and human right advocates and outraged community members in a march tomorrow calling for justice for Eric Garner, who died after being put in an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer.

“The NYCLU and our 50,000 members are proud to support Saturday’s march for justice,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “Our message is simple: New York City can and must be a place where the police protect both safety and individual rights. Only when the NYPD has become a police force that all New Yorkers trust and respect can we finally close the book on the tale of two cities.”

Earlier this month, the NYCLU sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, Civilian Complaint Review Board Chair Richard Emery and Inspector General Phil Eure. The letter outlines the immediate need to examine police practices and reassess oversight of the NYPD, particularly around broken windows policing.

Additionally, the NYCLU has called for Governor Cuomo to veto a bill that would all but eliminate the ability of local government officials across New York State to discipline police officers engaged in misconduct.

The march will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 and is being organized by the National Action Network, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the United Federation of Teachers and the NAACP. It is endorsed and supported by hundreds of organizations including the NYCLU and Communities United for Police Reform.

What: March for Justice

Where: Victory Boulevard at Bay Street in Staten Island (Site of Eric Garner’s death)

When: Assembly for the march begins at 11 a.m., the march  begins at noon, and a rally is scheduled at 1 p.m.

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