Families Of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin Speak Out At Justice For All March
The families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Amadou Diallo and John Crawford took to the stage at the Justice For All March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to share their experiences with the crowd of thousands. Organized by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, the march against police brutality against people of color attracted more than 5,000 people. "What a sea of people," Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, said when she addressed the crowd.
Following an emotional interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, which aired Friday night, McSpadden spoke publicly for the second time in two days, along with Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr, Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton, and Samaria Rice, the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The four women thanked the demonstrators for standing in solidarity with their grieving families, hoping their message would resound around the country.
Carr, who stood with Garner's wife, Esaw, said:
"My husband was a quiet man, but hes making a lot of noise right now," Esaw Garner added. She and her daughter, Erica, then led the crowd in a chant of "I can't breathe" — Garner's last words that have become a rallying cry for demonstrators across the nation.
Fulton, whose son Trayvon was killed by volunteer neighborhood security patrolman George Zimmerman in 2012, told the crowd how important it was that they were standing in unity:
“Thank you for having my back," McSpadden added, as she raised her arms in the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture that has become emblematic of the movement.
Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., also attended Saturday's march, hugging and thanking protesters for their support.
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