Broadway Stars Organize Flashmob Today in Response to Death of Eric Garner

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29 Jul 2014

WalkRunFly Productions has organized a flashmob for July 29 in response to the death of Eric Garner, who died July 17 after allegedly being placed in a prohibited chokehold by a New York police officer in Staten Island.



Garner, 43, was confronted by NYPD officers after allegedly selling bootleg cigarettes in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island, according to the Daily News.

A YouTube video, captured by cell phone, shows officer Daniel Pantaleo taking Garner to the ground and Garner repeatedly pleading, "I can't breathe."

WalkRunFly, founded by Motown actor Brandon Victor Dixon and choreographer Warren Adams, is organizing a call to action at 5:30 PM in Times Square.

According to a message posted to Twitter and various social media platforms, the company, in partnership with MSNBC's thegrio, will shoot a flashmob video featuring Daniel J. Watts (Motown, After Midnight, Ghost, Memphis) performing a spoken-word piece in front of a group of over 100 Broadway performers humming a melody.

Members of the Broadway community are asked to wear a black t-shirt or shirt and reply to WalkRunFlyProd@gmail.com.