Protesters disrupted Wednesday night’s debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls, shouting out slogans and causing the event to be momentarily halted while they were escorted out. Deadline reports that the disruption took place while Sen. Cory Booker was delivering his opening statement.
“The lawmaker from New Jersey stopped speaking, and CNN and its moderators waited for the heckling to play out,” Deadline reports. “At least three protesters yelled slogans including ‘Fire Pantaleo!’ before being escorted out of the hall in Detroit. The reference apparently was to Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who put a chokehold on Eric Garner that was caught on video and led to Garner repeating ‘I can’t breathe!’ several times. A Staten Island grand jury this month declined to indict Pantaleo over the incident.”
Deadline adds: “Booker was calling out Donald Trump’s takedown of Baltimore and its people and politicians when the yells began. Moderator Jake Tapper asked Booker to ‘Stand by, senator’ and he agreed. The lawmaker stood quietly at the podium for 25 seconds before getting the go-ahead to continue.”
The report notes that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was the first candidate to deliver an opening statement, had delivered his comments before the protest broke out.
Below you can see video of the incident that was posted on Twitter …
DEM DEBATE: Protestors chant "fire Pantaleo!" while interrupting Cory Booker
Pantaleo is the NYPD officer at center of the Eric Garner case in New York City, where de Blasio is mayor
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