RadioOnFire.com – Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey had his opening statement during last night’s debate interrupted by protesters, calling out for the firing of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. The protesters’ chant, “Fire Pantaleo” were more than likely directed at New York City mayor Bill De Blasio who shared the debate stage with Booker.
Activist Tamika Mallory was one of the people chanting in the audience and clarified why they chanted during Booker’s statement. Mallory tweeted, “We could not sit silent while @NYCMayor Bill DeBlasio misrepresented his positions on Stop and Frisk and continues to employ the police officers who killed #EricGarner, in particular Daniel Pantaleo.” She added, “We chanted “Fire Pantaleo” after he concluded and it was over. We went back to enjoying the debate. A security officer came over to us and said as long as you stay quiet you can remain.” Mallory concluded her series of tweets with:
“We did NOT interrupt @corybooker, it was the Detroit Police Department that interrupted Booker and the debate to intimidate peaceful protesters for standing up for the dignity of Black life that had already completed protest minutes ago. This is our right. We won’t be silent.”