Sharpton Plans March in Response to Homicide Ruling in Death of Eric Garner

The civil rights activist made the announcement Saturday during a rally at his National Action Network in Harlem.

People gather outside the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn on July 23, 2014. 
People gather outside the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn on July 23, 2014.  TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Update: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2:53 p.m. EST:

The Rev. Al Sharpton said Saturday that he will lead a protest “march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City later this month in response to a medical examiner’s ruling that Eric Garner was the victim of a homicide after police placed him in a chokehold last month.” the Los Angeles Times reports.

He made the statement during a rally at his Harlem-based National Action Network and was accompanied by members of Garner’s family, the report states.

“Now it’s time,” Sharpton said, according to the Times “Since the ME has made his determination, now is the time for the rubber to meet the road, and somebody to show, where we go.”

The march is planned for Aug. 23 and Sharpton urged Richmond County Dist. Atty. Daniel Donovan to move toward an arrest, the Times writes.

Daniel Pantaleo, one of the officers involved in the incident, has been stripped of his gun and badge during an internal investigation. Another officer, Justin D’Amico, has been placed on desk duty.

The police department has not commented on the medical examiner’s report.

Earlier:

A day after the New York City medical examiner ruled that the death of a 43-year-old father from Staten Island, N.Y., was caused by a police officer’s illegal chokehold, his family plans to discuss the finding today at a rally alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton, the civil rights activist and MSNBC television host, has been a major voice in the case of the July 17 death of Eric Garner, meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton. The rally will be held at Sharpton’s Harlem-based National Action Network.

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