Rev. Al Sharpton’s response to the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer that choked 43-year-old Eric Garner to death is to announce a national march on Washington that will be carried out on Saturday, Dec. 13th.
After news spread that Garner’s death would not be vindicated, protesters stormed the streets of New York City in huge numbers on Tuesday.
Sharpton is convinced that the matter has escalated into a “national crisis” and needs to be treated as such accordingly. While standing with Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner, his mother, Gwen Carr, and other community leaders, Sharpton gave a statement regarding the ongoing crisis, “It is a time for a national march to deal with a national crisis. We are dealing with a national crisis, how many people have to die before people understand this is not an illusion?’ “This is a reality that America has got to come to terms with”.