Protesters hold toy guns up in the Times Square Toys 'R' Us store during a march for Eric Garner in New York December 6, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Mourners heard a rallying cry for justice Saturday at the New York funeral of an unarmed black man shot dead by police as nationwide protests against similar killings continued for a fourth night.Akai Gurley was simply the latest victim of this," he said, calling for homicide charges to be brought.He demanded police reform and spoke of the recent protests that have mobilized thousands of people across the United States to denounce a spate of killings of unarmed black men by white police officers. Gurley's funeral comes amid nationwide protests across the United States against a spate of similar killings of unarmed black men by white police officers, including 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9 and Eric Garner, a father of six who was killed in a chokehold by police in New York in July.New York's police commissioner has said Gurley was a totally innocent victim.After rookie cop Peter Liang discharged the bullet that struck Gurley, he and partner Shaun Landau did not respond to radio contact for more than six-and-a-half minutes, the New York Daily News said.
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