December 5, 2014

De Blasio to meet with protest group on NYPD


Organizers behind some of the recent rallies around the city for criminal justice reform will meet privately with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday at City Hall to press their demands.

The Justice League NYC -- backed by music industry magnate Russell Simmons, the rapper Nas and singer/activist Harry Belafonte -- said its list includes the immediate firing of the NYPD officer whose use of an apparent chokehold preceded Eric Garner's July 17 death, said Simmons' political director Michael Skolnik.

"We come with demands, but also with respect for the things he's already done as mayor," Skolnik said Tuesday. "The people of the city have earned the meeting because they've shown their grievances against the government."