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Sharpton's Organization to Resume Police Protests in New York

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015 07:27 PM

With the funerals for two slain New York City police officers now over, Al Sharpton's organization is poised to resume protesting police in the city.

A New York Post report says the Staten Island office of Sharpton's National Action Network planned to protest at the state courthouse in the borough on Tuesday. The organization will restart its demonstrations at the site and will stage them twice a week.

The National Action Network ceased its protests after the Dec. 20 shooting of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Ramos was laid to rest on Dec. 27, while Liu's funeral took place over the weekend.

Cynthia Davis, who heads the Staten Island chapter of the National Action Network, told the Post the organization put its protests on hold out of respect for the slain officers and their families.

"We were not going to protest before those officers were laid to rest properly, and unlike the police officers who decided to take protests to a funeral, we had much more respect than that," Davis said, alluding to the police officers who turned their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during both funerals.

Davis said the protests would continue at the courthouse "until we feel like we have gotten justice." They began after Eric Garner died over the summer after a scuffle with police on Staten Island. The NYPD officers involved were not indicted by a grand jury in the case, which incited more protests and demonstrations in the fall.

A Post story over the weekend argued Sharpton and his organization make money from companies they claim are racist. The payouts, said one expert, are "shakedowns."

After the deaths of officers Ramos and Liu, Sharpton received a death threat via a message on his cell phone.

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