The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, during the burial of Mark Anthony Barmore at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford.
Two witnesses say that Mark Anthony Barmore had ran into a boiler/storage room. The police shined a flashlight in the room and ordered Barmore to come out. Witnesses say that Barmore proceeded slowly to walk out with both hands up and his head down. But then, the police shot him and according to one eyewitness, after Barmore had been shot numerous times and was on the floor, one officer continued to shoot, with a final bullet to Barmore's head. It is reported that the police fired 8 rounds.
The police allege that Barmore fought with them trying to get an officers gun.
Barmore was killed in the daycare center within the hearing and sight of children.
The communty of Rockford, Illonois can't take anymore.
Barmore's death has become a symbol of unequal opportunities in this manufacturing town of about 160,000 where blacks lag far behind whites in jobs, education and income. The meandering Rock River divides the town largely along racial lines -- whites on the east and blacks on the west, where aging and shuttered buildings line streets. If we were to change the date to 1952, wouldn't it be the same. Racial divides still plague our country. It doesn't matter if we had a "BLUE," President, racism in American still prevails.
Source: CBS NEWS