Debra Farrow joins Rev. Al Sharpton, others for march in Washington - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Debra Farrow joins Rev. Al Sharpton, others for march in Washington

After several recent high-profile incidents involving nooses, thousands of civil rights activists descended on the nation's capitol Friday for what organizers called a "March on Hate Crimes."

Deborah Farrow, the mother of DeAunta Farrow, left for Washington, D.C. Thursday morning.  Farrow said she was fighting for justice in her son's death.  Farrow's son DeAunta was shot and killed by a West Memphis police officer in June.
 
"Hopefully something good will come out, of it not just for my son but for everyone," Farrow said.                                      

Marchers, including Rev. Al Sharpton, said the federal government isn't prosecuting enough hate crime cases.

"The Justice Department wouldn't come to the people," Sharpton said. "We brought the people to the Justice Department.">

Many of the marchers cited the Jena Six case.  In Jena, Louisiana, three white teenagers hung nooses from a tree that led to months of racial tension, culminating in six African-American teens being arrested for beating a white classmate.
    
A Justice Department official said the agency set a record for civil rights prosecutions in 2007, and is aggressively investigating racially motivated incidents.
    
As for Farrow's case, the Justice Department determined that West Memphis Office Erik Sammis, who shot DeAunta Farrow, did not violate the child's civil rights.

Farrow's mother is demanding the department take another look at the case.

"They should have come back and concluded that my son's civil rights were violated because he's only 12," she said. "You know, what possibly could he do to a grown man?"

Farrow's fight won't stop in D.C.  She said she still waiting to hear the outcome of the state of Arkansas' investigation into the death of her son.


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