Reverend Al Sharpton, accompanied by the major candidates for New York City mayor, led a rally Saturday in support of a mother who says her black son was murdered last year by a white police officer.
“We still have to fight!” Sharpton said as the candidates — including the embattled Anthony Weiner — applauded, according to the Long Island Newsday. Sharpton has not made an endorsement in the mayoral race.
Last week, a grand jury in the Bronx decided there was not enough evidence to re-indict officer Richard Haste in the death of Ramarley Graham. The teen was shot and killed by Haste, who said he thought Graham was armed after he had attempted to elude police by running into his home.
Following the decision, Graham’s mother, Constance Malcom, turned to Facebook to express her outrage that a cop “who murders innocent people of color” was permitted to “walk free.”
“I was just informed that ‘Murderer’ Richard Haste will NOT BE RE-INDICTED,” Malcolm wrote. “I cannot believe the system is allowing Richard Haste who KILLED MY SON in the bathroom of his own home to go home to his family and able to look into their faces and smile.”
“However, I am not surprise [sic] of their actions because as dating back to almost 20 years ago they (COPS) were murdering our BLACK AND LATINO families and getting away with it,” Malcom added.
After the decision by the grand jury, the Justice Department said Thursday they would review the case.
In mid-May, Sharpton released a statement following the initial dismissal of the case by a judge, calling the action an “outrageous miscarriage of justice and an insult to the family and supporters of Ramarley Graham.”
Last year, Sharpton vowed to stick with the family until “justice is served.”
On Saturday, Sharpton also spoke out against the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year invalidating portions of the Voting Rights Act and the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
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