On December 6th, thousands of protesters filled Foley Square to express their outrage over the Sean Bell shooting. Today, the Rev. Al Sharpton is promising civil disobedience, slow-downs and pray-ins at six locations around the city to protest the acquittal of three cops charged in the shooting.
From a press release:
Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, will lead a citywide “pray-in” on Wednesday, May, 7th at six locations around New York City to lead up to an eventual citywide shut down this Spring. Joining Rev. Sharpton in civil disobedience will be Nicole Paultre Bell, Joseph Guzman, Trent Benefield and other community and religious leaders to call upon the United States Department of Justice to intervene in the case.
According to Rev. Sharpton, participants in Wednesday’s “pray-ins” at six locations across the city should be prepared to go to jail to protest the acquittals of the three detectives. “If you are not going to lock up the guilty in this town, then I guess you’ll have to lock up the innocent,” says Rev. Sharpton. Rev. Sharpton said protesters at each location would get down on their knees in prayer.
The protest will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Site A: 125th and Third Avenue (led by W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of National Action Network)
Site B: Third Avenue and 60th Street (Led by National Action Network senior staff)
Site C: 34th and Park Avenue (Led by National Action Network Senior Staff)
Site D: Varick and Houston Street (Led by Hazel Dukes, NAACP and Labor leaders)
Site E: One Police Plaza (Led by Rev. Al Sharpton. Nicole Paultre Bell, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield will be at this location)
Site F: House of the Lord Church, Brooklyn, New York (Led by Rev. Herbert Daughtry)
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 7, 2008