Two families. Two major American cities. Two high-profile deaths of black men in cop custody. One strong show of solidarity.
The family of Eric Garner, the New York City man who died in a police chokehold crying, “I can’t breathe” is coming to Baltimore Monday.
The relatives of the Staten Island married dad of a young daughter, will reportedly attend 11 a.m. funeral services for Freddie Gray, whose spinal cord and vertebrae injuries at the hands of Baltimore police officers went untreated.
The Garner family is there with a group called Families United for Justice, says CNN .
“Other members of the group include relatives of Amadou Diallo , who was fatally shot by New York police officers, and Alberta Spruill, who died of a heart attack after police threw a stun grenade into her apartment during a botched raid,” the network report.
President Barack Obama is also sending a White House delegation, including adviser Broderick Johnson, head of My Brother's Keeper Task Force ; Heather Foster, an adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Elias Alcantara from the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
The investigation of police handling of the case is ongoing, but Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the mayor of the Baltimore, says the delay getting the 25-year-old man medical treatment was wrong. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has also criticized the six officers involved in April 19’s foot pursuit.
Hundreds of protesters took to Baltimore’s streets Saturday to rally against cops and city officials. Some turned violent and smashed cop cruisers with garbage cans -- and their feet.
Thirty-five people were arrested.