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400 on LI shut down Sunrise Highway in Garner protest

December 7, 2014 by VÍCTOR MANUEL RAMOS, VALERIE BAUMAN AND ZACHARY R. DOWDY / [email protected],valerie.b[email protected],[email protected]


About 400 Long Islanders demonstrated Sunday against what they called police brutality in a rally and die-in, in which some lay down on the pavement of busy Sunrise Highway in Amityville, stopping traffic in both directions on the major artery.

The gesture on the highway lasted for 4½ minutes, a symbolic reference to the 4.5 hours that unarmed black teenager Michael Brown's body was left on the ground after he was shot dead by white Police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

"We're going to die-in because so many brothers and sisters are dying at the hands of police. Michael Brown was shot six times by Officer Darren Wilson," said Jason Starr, director of the Nassau chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, who was at the demonstration.



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Police watched from both sides of the highway but did not interfere.

"So what we're going to do is for four and a half minutes is die-in right here on Sunrise Highway and shut this . . . down," Starr said.

The group repeated 11 times, "I can't breathe!" for each of the times that phrase was repeated by Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after an apparent chokehold was used during a confrontation with white NYPD officers this past July. They also chanted in Spanish: "¡No puedo respirar!"

Sergio Argueta, 36, of Long Beach, a community organizer, said the group aimed to highlight incidents of police excess on Long Island, too.

"We don't need to go to Ferguson," he said. "We don't need to go to Staten Island. We are Ferguson we are Staten Island. We can't breathe."

Some members of the group later joined others to pack Holy Trinity Church in Amityville for a prayer service.

"The question is: when the videotape is not enough, and when the marches are over...what are we going to do as a country so we can move forward," said Tracey Edwards, Long Island regional director for the NAACP, at the church event. As Long Islanders, we have an opportunity to mark systematic and sustainable changes in our own local communities."

Many in the crowd rose from their seats as local leaders and activists invoked the events of Ferguson and Staten Island.

Many referenced Garners' words: "I can't breathe"

Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood) urged churchgoers to raise their hands and repeated the chant, "I have it in my hands." He uttered that phrase several times, followed by different refrains: "to bring about change," and "to improve our community."

Earlier, one protester, Wayne Whitfield, 52, of Hempstead, said he has been dealing with police profiling all of his life. When asked if the situation has improved since he was a teenager, he said, "Hell no. It's worse now because they just bother you for no reason."

Whitfield, who is African-American, said that a state or federal authority should investigate the officers involved in Garner's death because he thinks they would offer a more independent review.

"For me, being in a community of color, this is not a new occurrence," said Rashad Mitchell, a 28-year-old community organizer for the Long Island Progressive Coalition. "It's unfortunate that these occurrences are what it takes to galvanize people. But if anything, the last two months have been a tipping point . . . the time is now."

Joerise Tarry of Long Beach said when she was younger she remembers police spending more time in minority neighborhoods, and that they would get to know the people who lived there.

"I believe that they . . . [police] should be in communities and listen more," she said. "I'm here today because I would like to see a stop to police violence and gun violence."

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God forbid if someone is in need of an
ambulance during a life threatening
situation.

Everyone should be arrested for
involuntary manslaughter then if
someone died over this stupidity.

SMH.

Peace,
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God forbid if someone is in need of an
ambulance during a life threatening
situation.

Everyone should be arrested for
involuntary manslaughter then if
someone died over this stupidity.

SMH.

Peace,
GH-07
They should have been arrested for Disturbing the peace.
This BS that these racists are allowed to get away with is disgusting
 

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This crap has gotten way out of hand. Ignorant morons, creating more ignorant morons...
And the libtard media is largely to blame, continually adding fuel to the fire for the sake of headlines...
 

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they all should have been arrested i do not understand why this is tolerated
Do they not have a right to protest their government? Should we have been arrested when we tore up the front lawn of the capitol building up in Albany?

I dont agree with their position but they have the right voice their (lousy misled) opinions just as we do.
 

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Do they not have a right to protest their government? Should we have been arrested when we tore up the front lawn of the capitol building up in Albany?

I dont agree with their position but they have the right voice their (lousy misled) opinions just as we do.
Was traffic blocked in Albany?

While I agree with you that everyone has a right to protest their Gov't, but I don't agree with the way the message was delivered.
 

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Do they not have a right to protest their government? Should we have been arrested when we tore up the front lawn of the capitol building up in Albany?

I dont agree with their position but they have the right voice their (lousy misled) opinions just as we do.
I agree with anyones right to protest but not at the cost of other peoples rights ,blocking a highway puts everyone at risk
 

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Do they not have a right to protest their government? Should we have been arrested when we tore up the front lawn of the capitol building up in Albany?

I dont agree with their position but they have the right voice their (lousy misled) opinions just as we do.
Of course they have the right to protest and personally I do not have an issue with them protesting. I do however have an issue with protestors being allowed to block a major roadway in both directions.
 

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Rashad Mitchell, a 28-year-old community organizer for the Long Island Progressive Coalition. Wasn't Obama one of these back in his silver spoon days in Chicago. Probably learned everything from the Obama manuals on how to be a community agitator. What a pos.
 
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