New York, NY- Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on faith based leaders to come together to demand justice for the family of Eric Garner.
He will preach at the historic Riverside Church today.
Riverside is an eighty-four year old interdenominational church that has a history of social justice with Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Cesar Chavez just a few of the notable speakers.
On Thursday Mr. Garner was thrown to the ground in a chokehold by Staten Island police and he later died at the hospital.
The incident was recorded on video showing the father of five, who suffered from asthma, repeatedly telling police that he could not breathe. Bystanders allegedly reported that Garner begged for air eight times before falling silent. He later died.
On Saturday, the Garner family joined Rev. Sharpton at National
Action Network’s rally where he demanded a full investigation into this case.
He later held a rally with the Garner family, faith based leaders, and community activists in Staten Island before marching to the local Staten Island police precinct.
Rev. Sharpton will also also lead a special prayer at Riverside for the victims of the recent Malaysia airlines crash.
The service is open to the public at Riverside Church at 490 Riverside Drive in New York and will be live streamed on NAN’s homepage at nationalactionnetwork.net.