ACLU, NAACP DC Will Participate In Saturday’s Justice For All March and Communities Around Country are Participating
The ACLU and D.C. branch of the NAACP will participate in Saturday’s Justice for All March, organized by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
The march, originally called the National March Against Police Violence, will begin at Freedom Plaza and will be attended by the families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice — five black males, between the ages of 12 and 43, who were killed in separate incidents by a police officer while unarmed.
“Do not be silent. Do not be complacent. Do not continue to live with police misconduct and violence as somehow acceptable,” Sharpton wrote in a piece published by the Huffington Post. “We are not anti-police; we are anti-police-brutality. And today we challenge Congress to follow in the president’s footsteps and take legislative action to protect us, the citizens.”
Locally, the D.C. Ferguson Movement — created in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown — will take to the streets Sunday to collect names for its petition against “jump-out” squads. The group will meet at the Justice Center at 1 p.m.
“This Saturday’s march is just the beginning,” Erin Johnson, chair of NAACP DC’s Criminal Justice Committee, said in a release. The committee “is devoting significant effort to ensuring that the Metropolitan Police Department policies and procedures encourage police accountability and implement sound community policing standards that combat racial profiling, particularly the MPD Body-Worn Camera program.”