- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz will speak at a rally against grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict officers in the deaths of two black men.

Guidroz said he shares the horror many feel about the death in Staten Island, New York, of Eric Garner, whom he called “the individual who suffocated to death,” The Daily World (https://bit.ly/1wWhIrm) reported. Garner died in a chokehold, repeating, “I can’t breathe.”

The Thursday evening rally in downtown Opelousas is being organized by activist and newly-elected alderman Tyrone Glover, who operates community radio station KOCZ-FM.

“We’re not going to tear down anything. We’re not going to burn anything. We’re not going to block any streets,” Glover said.

Guidroz and Glover have been friends for years and agree that law enforcement responded the wrong way in Garner’s death and that of Michael Brown, who was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, the newspaper reported.

One reason Opelousas’ protest is later than many others, Glover said, is that he wanted to organize a positive event.

“A lot of people wanted to go aggressively at it,” said Glover. “I encouraged them to be patient and to wait. I put it out on the radio and on the street. We don’t want anybody getting hurt.”

He said he wants as many people as possible, including Opelousas’ incumbent and recently elected mayor and police chief to participate in the 5 p.m. event.

“We want all races there,” Glover said. “We want to show all the nation that St. Landry Parish is different. We’re going to do it different. We’re going to do it with the police.”


Information from: The Daily World, https://www.dailyworld.com

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