New York rapper Mysonne is way more than your average hip-hop artist. The rap veteran is making headlines for pulling through to last night’s Democratic debate to call for the firing of the officer responsible for killing Eric Garner.
Mysonne went to Instagram to share footage of the emotional moment when he joined others in interrupting the debate.
Last night’s televised debate had multiple interruptions with people protesting for the life of Eric Garner and immigration.
The first happened only minutes into the debate, which was broadcast live on CNN. During New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s opening statement, a few audience members began yelling, “Fire Pantaleo.” The chant was a reference to Staten Island, N.Y., police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. Garner, who was black, died after being placed in a chokehold by Pantaleo, who is white. Police had approached Garner suspecting he was illegally selling cigarettes. (NPR)
Mysonne and fellow protestors ultimately aimed their chants toward current New York mayor and presidential hopeful Bill de Blasio.
The chants were directed at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the protesters accomplished bringing Garner’s death and the recent Justice Department announcement that it would not bring charges against Pantaleo or the other officers involved in the incident into the conversation onstage. The mayor has been under great pressure from Garner’s family, activists, other politicians and the media to make sure justice is served — and, to most people, that means terminating Pantaleo. But it appears that the mayor has largely failed to act, instead waiting for federal and local investigations to play out. (Washington Post)
Activist Tamika Mallory also defended her decision to protest during the debate.