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A prayer vigil for Tamon Robinson

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 4/11/2013, 4:21 p.m.
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Keeping a promise he made at the National Action Network on the previous Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton led a contingent of concerned citizens to the spot where Tamon Robinson was killed last month.

There, Sharpton held a prayer vigil for Robinson, 27, who was struck and killed by a police car during a chase in front of the Bay View Homes in Canarsie.

"There is no way they can justify a police vehicle being responsible for the fatality of a human being," Sharpton told the crowd, echoing what he had said during the rally for Robinson last week.

According to the police, Robinson was caught stealing cobblestones and was struck and killed when he tried to dodge a police cruiser.

No officer has been charged in what many conclude was "vehicular homicide." At least two eyewitnesses said the cruiser deliberately struck Robinson, knocking him up in the air. For several days, Robinson was on life support, but the family removed him from it a week later.

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein, representing the Robinson family, is outraged that no officer has been charged or arrested.

"We are not going to let this issue go," Sharpton promised. Councilman Charles Barron and the Rev. Herb Daughtry, along with members of Robinson's family, including his mother, Laverne, were also at the vigil.

Likewise, a prayer vigil has been planned for Ramarley Graham, the young man who was killed in his home by police officers in February.