3rd Annual Youth March For Police Reform To Unveil Andrew Kearse Act In Harlem

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, Black Lives Matter of Greater New York (BLMGNY) along with groups like Rise and Resist, and the Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board (ECRB) hosted the 3rd Annual Youth March for Police Reform in Harlem, New York.

The event served as an unveiling for the Andrew Kearse Act, a bill being introduced by Assembly Member Nathalia Fernandez which would mandate law enforcement and correctional agents in the state to provide medical assistance when needed by those in custody.

The Andrew Kearse Act bill comes after Bronx native Andrew Kearse died in Schenectady police custody last year. A recently-released police dash camera tape shows Andrew repeatedly pleading for medical assistance without success before apparently losing consciousness.

Notable participants at the march included Angelique Negroni-Kearse the widow of Andrew Kearse, who died in Schenectady New York last year after police allegedly delayed medical assistance and Gwen Carr whose son, Eric Garner, died of a fatal chokehold administered by Staten Island police. Public Advocate Candidates including Assembly Member Michael Blake and Attorney Dawn Smalls and a number of criminal justice reform advocates also participated in the event.

The event consisted of a press conference at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building and 125th Street, and eventually culminated with a 2.5-mile march ending at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

Via Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and photo via Paul Hill.

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