“Let’s not play games with this,” Sharpton said. “You don’t need no training to stop choking a man saying, ‘I can’t breathe!’ You don’t need no cultural orientation to stop choking a man who says, ‘I can’t breathe!’ You need to be prosecuted and you need to be put away for a while!”
“Twenty years ago, Ernest Sayon, right in that same district, died,” Sharpton continued, referring to another Staten Island man who died at the hands of the NYPD in 1994. “We marched then. But there’s a difference this time. This time, there was a video!”
"Where’s Ramsey Orta? Come here, brother." A young man walked his way through the crowd and joined Sharpton at the pulpit.
"This young man showed more respect for the law, for human life, for decency than the police and the EMS workers. They ought to follow his example. He turned around and said, ‘This is wrong, I’m gonna video it.’ This city ought to thank God that when the police and EMS failed us, there was a Ramsey Orta!"
(via Eric Garner’s Family And Friends Call For Justice At Funeral That ‘Never Should Have Been’)