U.S. Protests Erupt After Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision

 

Protesters shout in Times Square after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Dec. 3, 2014.

Protesters shout in Times Square after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Dec. 3, 2014.

 

(SOURCE)  Protests erupted across the country, with 83 people arrested in New York City overnight after a grand jury Wednesday declined to indict officers involved in the death of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a choke hold.

Large groups shouted and carried signs through Times Square.

Protesters temporarily blocked traffic in the Lincoln Tunnel and on the Brooklyn Bridge, and activists staged a “die-in” at the Grand Central Terminal.

PHOTO: Activists demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner stage a die-in during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York on Dec. 3, 2014.

PHOTO: Activists demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner stage a ‘die-in’ during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York on Dec. 3, 2014.   Adrees Latif/Reuters

Other demonstrations occurred in places such as Washington, D.C., California, Seattle, Atlanta and Denver. In the nation’s capital, protesters marched and blocked off streets, holding up signs.

In Seattle, protesters dropped to the pavement, some chanting “I can’t breathe” and “stop murdering black people.”

Bus lines were being re-routed in downtown Oakland because of protestors and, in Atlanta, demonstrators chanted “Black lives matter” and blocked one of the city’s major streets in response to the Staten Island grand jury’s decision.

Demonstrators also marched in Denver.

PHOTO: Demonstrators block traffic at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, during a protest against a New York grand jury decision Dec. 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

PHOTO: Demonstrators block traffic at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, during a protest against a New York grand jury decision Dec. 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.   Alex Wong/Getty Images

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will launch a civil rights investigation into Garner’s death, which occurred after the man was placed in an apparent choke hold by Officer David Pantaleo. The incident was caught on tape, and shows that Garner was unarmed and posed no apparent threat to the half-dozen officers who surrounded him.

PHOTO: A woman yells at a New York City Police officer during a protest after it was announced that the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.

PHOTO: A woman yells at a New York City Police officer during a protest after it was announced that the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.   Julio Cortez/AP Photo

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1 thought on “U.S. Protests Erupt After Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision

  1. This case should have gone to court. So all the evidence not just the video was presented. This individual had a chronic illness and the courts would have gotten hold of his medical records to see how severe. Everything would have come out so the public would have gotten a thorough look into the reasons behind it all. And this chaotic turnout would not have continued. It’s about right and wrong. Now it’s in the hands of the Federal courts.
    Dear Lord in heaven, help all involve to get to the truth of the matter, help the family to heal and for people to show some decorum in their behavior. I pray in Jesus’ name.

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