Women’s March leaders among protesters who interrupted de Blasio – Washington Examiner

Two leaders of the Women’s March were among those protesting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during Wednesday night’s presidential debate.

De Blasio was touting how he was different from the front-runners, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris, when he was interrupted. The protesters were chanting “Fire Pantaleo!” a reference to NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer involved in Eric Garner’s death five years ago. Earlier this month, the Justice Department announced that he would not be charged in Garner’s death.

Tamika Mallory, the co-president of the Women’s March, took responsibility for the protests on social media.

“We could not sit silent while @NYCMayor Bill DeBlasio misrepresented his positions on Stop and Frisk and continues to employ the police officers who killed #EricGarner, in particular Daniel Pantaleo,” she tweeted Wednesday night. “We chanted ‘Fire Pantaleo’ after he concluded and it was over. We went back to enjoying the debate. A security officer came over to us and said as long as you stay quiet you can remain.”

Mallory said she was there with fellow Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, Kirsten John Foy, and Angelo Pinto.

“Then minutes later after multiple candidates spoke, a police officer came over & showed us his cuffs & said if we didn’t leave we’d be arrested. We stayed seated and then they forcibly removed us. We chanted ‘Fire Pantaleo’ & ‘I can’t breathe’ as we were being removed,” she continued. “We did NOT interrupt @corybooker, it was the Detroit Police Department that interrupted Booker and the debate to intimidate peaceful protesters for standing up for the dignity of Black life that had already completed protest minutes ago. This is our right. We won’t be silent.”

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