Protesters hit Dem debate: Bill de Blasio hit over Eric Garner and Joe Biden hit on immigration

Mail Online | 7/17/2014 | Emily Goodin, U.s. Political Reporter In Detroit For Dailymail.com
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Protesters hit night two of the second Democratic presidential debate with a group of them removed Wednesday night after they demanded New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio fire Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a deadly chokehold in 2014, and a woman interrupted Joe Biden to chant about immigrants being deported.

'Stop all deportations on Day One,' read the large banner the woman unfurled in the hall of the Fox Theater while Biden and Julian Castro were debating immigration policy.

Opening - Moments - Debate - Group - Pantaleo

Earlier, in the opening moments of the debate, a group yelled 'Fire Pantaleo' during de Blasio opening statement at the Fox Theater.

'We are part of this protest because it has to be made clear to America that black life is valuable,' Rev. Kirsten John Foy told reporters outside the theater after the group was removed.

Society - Everyone - Home - Police - Officers

'Don't sit there and say you want to create a more equitable society for everyone while back at home you're allowing police officers to kill without any recourse or accountability,' he added.

Foy works for the National Action Network, the civil rights group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Demand - Bill - De - Blasio - Act

'We demand that Bill de Blasio act as a leader, behave as mayor and fire Daniel Pantaleo,' he said.

He was joined in the protest by Mysonne Linen, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Angelo Pinto.

Group - Blasio - Opening - Statement - Shouts

The group claimed they protested only during de Blasio's opening statement. But shouts were heard when Cory Booker made his opening statement.

The protesters claim that was when the Detroit police arrived to remove them from the theater.

Cory - Booker - Foy - Statement - Minutes

'They interrupted Cory Booker,' Foy claimed. 'We made our statement and they decided minutes later they were going to come back and escort us out after we made our statement and were done and were ready to enjoy the rest of...
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