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What protesters said about Jeff Sessions, MS-13

About 100 people gathered outside the Central Islip federal courthouse Friday morning to demonstrate against the attorney general’s visit in which he spoke about recent killings in Central Islip and Brentwood that are being investigated as possibly gang-related. 

The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and the longtime president of SUNY Old Westbury, was among the demonstrators.

“We are here because we do not believe that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is the man who can actually speak to the violence that is affecting so many of our communities,” Butts said. “We think his insensitivity, his racism, his bigotry — all of that excludes him from being able to hear what the real needs are.”

Many of the demonstrators expressed themselves through the signs they carried. Their words decried gang violence but showed support for the immigrant community. Here are some of their messages: 

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
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Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

John and Natalie Allegato of Hauppauge, hold up
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John and Natalie Allegato of Hauppauge, hold up their signs as they take part in the protest outside the federal courthouse in Central Islip where Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to discuss measures against the recent spate of gang violence in Suffolk County on Friday morning, April 28, 2017, .

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

Protesters gathere Friday morning, April 28, 2017, outside
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Protesters gathere Friday morning, April 28, 2017, outside the federal courthouse in Central Islip where Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to discuss measures against the recent spate of gang violence in Suffolk County.

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Demonstrators gathered outside Central Islip Federal Court, Friday, April 28, 2017 to protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions's visit to Long Island.

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