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Demonstrations held at stores on Black Friday call for justice for Eric Garner

AmNews Staff Reports | 11/25/2016, 4:42 p.m.
The Justice Now! Coalition held its first action of the weekend, the “Economic Shutdown 2.0” on Black Friday.
Demonstrators flood the entryway of Macy's on Black Friday. Contributed

The Justice Now! Coalition held its first action of the weekend, the “Economic Shutdown 2.0” on Black Friday.

Congressman Charles Rangel, members of Justice League NYC, Rev. Calvin A. Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Rev. Adolphus Lacey of Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, Rev. Dr. Peter Hetzel of the New York Theological Seminary, and other faith leaders and community activists came together for the demonstration, which interrupted holiday shopping.

The Justice Now! Coalition is a multi-faith effort calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner. Two years after Garner's death, Pantaleo still holds his job and collects a $120,000 salary.

“Our communities cannot feel comfortable in New York City while Officer Daniel Pantaleo still has a job,” said Carmen Perez, co-founder of Justice League NYC, one of the activist groups involved in the coalition. “It is important that the Mayor take action to restore trust by firing the officer for the unjust death of Eric Garner.”

This weekend, the Justice Now! Coalition has other demonstrations planned including a noon vigil and rally for Garner and all victims of police brutality on Saturday at the African American Burial Ground in lower Manhattan. On Sunday, the coalition is planning a “Call to Service” action in partnership with over a dozen houses of worship in the city.