Latino Groups Join Eric Garner March

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario)

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario)

Many Latino groups and protesters marched last Saturday on Staten Island demanding justice for victims of police brutality in the wake of Eric Garner’s death, El Diario reports.

A story by Cristina Loboguerrero focused on some of the Latinos who joined the “We Will Not Go Back” march organized by Rev. Al Sharpton.

Bronx resident Israel Galindo, a 65-year-old Mexican, woke up early to catch the Staten Island ferry in time for the event.

“I came because I am unhappy with police abuse, and I demand that they are retrained,” he said, holding a sign that read “You can’t trust the police.”

The walk was scheduled for 11 a.m., but was delayed for an hour and a half due to the constant arrival of more buses full of people who wanted to join the march. Unofficial figures estimate that the crowd reached 4,000 participants.

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Clara Medina, a member of nonprofit organization Make the Road New York, was there to join the claim for a halt in police brutality. “We need this abuse to stop,” she said.

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario)

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario)

The caravan began walking near the corner of Bay and Victory streets, where Eric Garner was killed by NYPD officers on July 17 as they were trying to arrest him. The march extended for 15 blocks as the crowds chanted: “No justice, no peace.”

Sharpton, who led the march, walked alongside members of Garner’s family. Former Gov. David Paterson and Hispanic members of the State Senate, Assembly and City Council accompanied them.

In another story, Zaira Cortés reports from Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, where seven buses carried protesters to Staten Island via the Verrazano bridge.

Holding one fist in the air, and armed with the conviction that police abuse will only stop if New Yorkers raise their voice, Puerto Rican activist María Estévez, 51, joined the massive walk.

Estévez, who lives in East New York, barely made it into one of the buses that left at 9:30 a.m. from 96th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway heading for Staten Island.

“Many people are scared of defending their rights, but that is not a good excuse when the victims of the brutality are blacks and Latinos,” said the activist who works with New York Communities for Change. “Today, criminals are wearing a uniform. If we don’t come together and make a unified demand, cases like Garner’s will continue to happen.”

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