Numerous protesters arrested during two recent demonstrations outside Trump Tower were informed Monday that their disorderly conduct charges would be dropped if they stayed out of trouble.
Notable people in the group of arrestees appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court included Rev. Al Sharpton’s youngest daughter, Ashley Sharpton, and Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, whose son died in 2014 after a Staten Island police officer placed him in a chokehold.
The women were part of a group arrested on Jan. 31 for sitting on Fifth Avenue and blocking traffic in protest of President Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, whose confirmation hearing continues today.
Prosecutors offered an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal which would see their clients’ cases dismissed in six months if they stay out of trouble.
Ashley Sharpton, 29, claimed that her father was proud of her block-the-roadway activism.
“He teased me and called me a jail bird but said it’s our duty,” Sharpton said as she left the courthouse.
— Ashley Sharpton (@MadameAshLee) March 20, 2017
Carr, 67, who has criticized Trump and campaigned for Hillary Clinton, said. “We can’t just stand by and say nothing and let the Trump administration just take advantage of this country.”
A total of 16 protesters, some of whom were arrested Jan. 20 in front of Trump Tower for blocking traffic during a demonstration against Trump’s inauguration, accepted the deal.
Al Sharpton’s civil rights organization, National Action Network (NAN) organized both protests.
Those arrested during the protests included Sen. Marisol Alcantara (D-N.Y.), councilman Jumaane Williams, councilman Carlos Menchaca, Rev. Johnnie Green of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem, Minister Kirsten John Foy of NAN, Katrina Jefferson of the NAN-N.Y.C. chapter, Rev. Kevin McCall of NAN, and NAN member Patrice Perry.
H/T: New York Post
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