Demonstrators took to the streets of New York City hours after a grand jury announced its decision Wednesday to not indict a white police officer who killed a black man in Staten Island.
Eric Garner, 43, was killed while being placed in an apparent chokehold — a banned NYPD practice — by officer Daniel Pantaleo in July. In a video of the encounter, Garner can be seen repeatedly exclaiming, “I can’t breathe!” before going limp.
Pantaleo was trying to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes, according to The New York Times.
New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo told the grand jury that he meant no harm to Eric Garner and wasn’t using a chokehold when he was subduing Garner for resisting arrest.
Earlier Wednesday evening, the protesters blocked the West Side Highway before moving on, marching across the entire Midtown area.