Protests across US triggering a serious movement: Activist

Protests across US triggering a serious movement: Activist

Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:10AM GMT

Protests over police brutality against African Americans is “the beginning of a serious movement” against racial profiling, says Bernard White, former program director at WBAI-FM.

“I’ve been watching these things for a decade now,” White told Press TV in a phone interview on Tuesday, adding, “Police hasn’t got any more brutal but the responses seem to have gotten a bit more serious and organized.”

Over 150 people were arrested near Berkeley, California overnight on Monday, after hundreds of protesters stormed onto a major highway – known as Interstate 80 — in the college town of Berkeley near San Francisco in California blocking traffic in both directions.

The demos have been “sustained and extremely organized and it is the first time that so many young people have been involved,” said the New York-based African American activist.

“They have stood up in cities all over the country… They themselves have been stopped, harassed, and beaten by police.”

He also referred to the high number of white protesters at the demonstrations, saying, “These are young white folks who grew up in a different environment. This is a different generation.”

Protests have been held in the US since a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner’s chokehold death in New York City and two weeks after another grand jury decided not to indict former policeman Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Unlike the fatal shooting of Brown, the chokehold death of Garner, a father of six and grandfather of two, was recorded by a cell phone and widely seen, contributing to the public outrage. In the video, Garner repeatedly told police officers “I can’t breathe!”

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