Sharpton Rallies for Slain Unarmed Black Men

The civil rights leader held a rally at his Harlem-based National Action Network Saturday before heading out Sunday to Ferguson, Mo., to call for justice in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

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Updated Saturday, Aug. 16, 1:57 p.m. EDT: In an effort to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., the Rev. Al Sharpton Saturday rallied at his New York City, Harlem-based civil rights headquarters alongside the family of a Staten Island man who was also slain by a police officer, CBS New York reports.

Family members of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after an officer placed him in an illegal chokehold, called for justice in his case and in that of Michael Brown, who was gunned down by an officer last weekend in Ferguson.

Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother, encouraged protesters to proceed peacefully at next week’s combined rally for Garner and Brown, according to 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern, the report says.

“We’re not gonna start fightin’ and pushing each other and breaking windows, right?” Carr said Saturday at the National Action Network rally, CBS News reports.

Sharpton plans to travel Sunday to Ferguson to lead another march and rally. The Rev. Jesse Jackson walked the streets Friday with demonstrators in a peaceful protest.

Earlier:

An eruption of anger ended a tenuous calm in Ferguson, Mo., early Saturday as police and protesters clashed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Police and about 200 protesters clashed after an emotional day, which was fueled by a report that Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by an officer last weekend, allegedly stole a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store and strong-armed a clerk on his way out, the report says. At the same time, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released the name of the officer involved in the shooting.

About midnight, some protesters in what had been a large but mostly well-behaved crowd broke into the small convenience store—allegedly robbed by Brown—and began looting it, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, according to Fox News.

Johnson said some members of the crowd threw rocks and other objects at the police, injuring one officer, Fox News reports. Further details about the injury were not available.

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