Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron, Councilwoman Inez Barron and Operation POWER are demanding Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson hold a public preliminary hearing for Akai Gurley, the 28-year-old unarmed man who was shot and killed by rookie police officer Peter Liang in East New York.
The Black community is in an uproar after a video surfaced showing a seven-months pregnant woman being held in an apparent chokehold by an NYPD officer. The Police Department said her family was grilling on the sidewalk outside their home in East New York, which is illegal.
Last week, members of the New York City Council marked the 148th anniversary of the first Juneteenth with a celebration at City Hall. The event was a festive occasion complete with drum processions, libations, poetry and dance.
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