[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]
The dry heat beaming down from the sun’s rays couldn’t stop family, friends and supporters from rallying together on the two-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death.
About 50 people came out Sunday afternoon behind the banner of “Black Lives Matter” in front of Bay Beauty Supply, at 202 Bay St. in St. George, where Eric Garner died in police custody.
Jewel Miller, Garner’s ex-girlfriend and mother to their daughter, Legacy, had only one thing to say:”Two years later, no justice on Staten Island.”
But Garner wasn’t the only one being remembered on Sunday.
Some of the other names mentioned were Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, India Lagerfeld, Sandra Bland, Aiyana Jones, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Nicholas Heyward and Tamir Rice.
“It has been too many years coming out here fighting for the same thing, and nothing is being done,” said Donna Heyward, step-mother of 13-year-old Nicholas Heyward who was killed more than 20 years ago.
“It’s heartbreaking to everyday turn on the news and hear about somebody being killed. You can’t even go onto social media anymore without seeing the same thing. It’s sickening and disheartening,” she added.
During the march toward the 120 Precinct, rally participants chanted, “I still can’t breath,” “Rise up to stop police terror,” “Organize to end police brutality, and “Genocide, racist hate, America was never great.”
“I have grandkids. I don’t want them to grow up in a society like this,” Heyward said. “Something has to be done and changes have to be made.”
“Give us some justice, which is a long ways away,” she said when asked about what she hopes these marches can accomplish. “I still always hope for that every time I march and rally. I don’t know when it’s coming, but I’m going to stop coming out to support.”