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HAPPENING NOW: NYC Eric Garner Protests
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Thousands protest police violence in New York, call for justice in chokehold death:
At least 30 people were arrested by the New York Police Department on Wednesday evening, as thousands of protesters flooded city streets after a grand jury declined to indict an officer for killing a Staten Island man via chokehold.
Following the decision, demonstrations began popping up throughout the city. Protesters disrupted traffic by blocking numerous streets – including the West Side Highway – marching into Times Square,
Demonstrators also poured into Grand Central Station by the hundreds, where they staged a “die-in” and spread their bodies across the floor. Numerous protesters told RT they wanted to “shut down” the city as a result of the decision, and traffic jams were subsequently reported at Lincoln Tunnel and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, as well as other areas.
Approximately 30 people were arrested, according to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton,..
While the protests were not previously planned, momentum for them began building soon after the grand jury’s decision was reported. The case involved 43-year-old African American Eric Garner of Staten Island, who was placed in a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner was taken to the ground with the help of several others. Despite repeatedly complaining that he couldn’t breathe, Garner ended up going into cardiac arrest and dying.
The July incident was caught on video by a civilian bystander and ruled a homicide by the city medical examiner, but the grand jury did not indict Pantaleo on any charges.
The decision was met with fierce criticism immediately after it was revealed, drawing condemnation from all over the political spectrum. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was “a very emotional day for our city,” adding that Garner was “a man who should be with us, and now isn’t.”
“𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧’𝐭 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞”
However, this news didn’t quell outrage among residents, many of whom also protested last week’s decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict a white officer for killing a black teenager. People marched through the streets chanting slogans such as “I can’t breathe,” referring to Garner’s last words.
“𝐍𝐨 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞, 𝐧𝐨 𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞.” They also yelled, “No Justice, no peace.”
Following the decision, Pantaleo issued an apology for what occurred back in July.
“It is never my intention to hurt anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner,” Pantaleo said. “My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope they will accept my personal condolences for their loss.”
Speaking alongside Rev. Al Sharpton, Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner, said she did not accept Pantaleo’s apology.
𝐦𝐲 𝐡𝐮𝐬𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐱 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈’𝐦 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐰.
𝐖𝐡𝐨’𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐲 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫?
“I couldn’t care less about his condolences,” she said. “He’s still working, he’s still feeding his kids. And my husband is six feet under and I’m looking for a way to feed my kids now. Who’s going to play Santa Claus for my grandkids this year? Who’s going to do that now?”
“𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐲 𝐡𝐮𝐬𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝𝐧’𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐲,”
“I am determined to get justice for my husband because he shouldn’t have been killed in that way,” said Esaw Garner.
“𝐀𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐬 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐈 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭.”
“My husband’s death will not be in vain. As long as I have breathe in my body I will fight the fight.”
Meanwhile, Sharpton announced that there will be a march against police brutality in Washington, DC, on December 13.
[Video Credits: RT]