Eric Garner‘s mother, Gwen Carr, along with Rev. Al Sharpton‘s youngest daughter, Ashley, and 10 others were arrested Tuesday night during a protest outside of Trump Tower.
Carr, the Director of the National Action Network‘s Youth Huddle group, was joined by other mothers who lost sons during police-involved incidents to publicly speak out against Donald Trump in front of his own establishment. “In an act of civil disobedience and in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eric Garner’s mom and others were arrested… over President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch,” Al Sharpton’s longtime spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger, explained in a statement.
A group of about 30 people held signs outside of Trump Tower, where Drumpf has a penthouse and an office. Marching along the sidewalk and in the streets, words such as “Indivisible” and comments like “A man of quality will never fear equality,” were out and proud during last night’s protest.
Police would eventually arrest Carr, Al Sharpton’s daughter and 11 protesters in total for allegedly blocking traffic along Fifth Avenue. Some were seen handcuffed as they were led into a police bus.
“He’s [Trump] not representing all of the people and it is a public office,” said Kim Kahn of Greenwich Village to NBC 4 New York. “You can’t really have a public office and run it for your own self-profit. It’s a public office for all of the people and he needs to represent all of the people.” Others who were arrested included Minister Kirsten John Foy of NAN; Rev. Johnnie Green of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem; Katrina Jefferson, NAN NYC Chapter Liaison; Rev. Kevin McCall of NAN; and Patrice Perry, a member of NAN, as well.
It is unclear if the arrested parties were charged.