USA :Relatives of black victims of police violence protest in New York

New York, Jul 31 (EFE) .- Relatives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and other victims of police brutality against the African American community in the United States marched this Friday in New York to demand justice together with protesters of the anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter.

Relatives participated in a protest organized through social media by the reverend and civil rights activist Kevin McCall under the motto “Get your knees off our necks”, which made a peaceful and demanding journey from Times Square to the Trump Tower .

According to McCall to the local ABC7 channel, “there is still no justice for George Floyd” 66 days after his death from suffocation in police custody in Minneapolis (Minnesota), “and not only for Floyd, but for all these families, from Abner Louima to the cases that we see today. “

George Floyd’s brother, Terrence, and the family of Abner Louima, a man of Haitian origin who was tortured and sexually assaulted with a broomstick by police in New York in 1997, were present in a case that caused a great scandal.

Also in attendance were relatives of Breonna Taylor, shot in March in a raid on her home for alleged police error, in Louisville, Kentucky; Eric Garner, who died in 2014 when a police officer gave him a prohibited choke key in New York; and Sean Bell, riddled with 50 shots in 2006 when leaving a club with his friends, also in the Big Apple.

The motto of the demonstration comes from the speech that the reverend and activist Al Sharpton gave during the funeral of Floyd, who died in late May after a policeman suffocated him by pressing his neck with his knee for nine minutes while he asked for help, and that has sparked a wave of historic protests in the US

“It is time to stand up in George’s name and say, Get your knees off our necks!” Exclaimed Sharpton, who plans to lead a mass march in late August in Washington alongside family members of victims of police brutality, coinciding with the anniversary of which Martin Luther King Jr. headed in 1963.

For his part, the Rev. McCall said about the protest called this Friday that New York has its own problems to deal with before going to Washington, including a significant “lack of resources” because of COVID-19, which is already affecting society and especially young people, “who are resorting to violence.”

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