Eric Gar­ner protests con­tinue in ci­ties across Amer­ica

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

All across the United States of Amer­ica this week, marchers and pro­tes­tors took to the streets in anger, fol­low­ing the grand jury’s decision that there would be no indictment into the choke­hold death of a black male at the hands of a white po­lice of­fi­cer. Eric Gar­ner was choked to death as he told the of­fi­cer “I can’t breathe.” The in­ci­dent took place in Staten Is­land in July of this year.

Thou­sands of marchers stormed through ma­jor shop­ping ar­eas in New York City, Man­hat­tan, Brook­lyn, Chicago, Cal­i­for­nia and other parts of the US. Many chanted Gar­ner’s last words “I can’t breathe” while oth­ers bore plac­ards with the words “Black lives mat­ter”.

On Thurs­day the White House an­nounced Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and the New York mayor, Bill de Bla­sio, would join forces to work on re­la­tions be­tween the po­lice and mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties. US at­tor­ney gen­eral, Eric Holder, has also an­nounced a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Gar­ner choke­hold af­fair.

On July 17, Ram­sey Orta video­taped the en­tire in­ci­dent. Orta who was ear­lier talk­ing to his friend, Eric Gar­ner says that Gar­ner had helped to break up a fight when the po­lice ar­rived on the scene. They then ac­cused Gar­ner of sell­ing un­taxed cig­a­rettes and at­tempted to ar­rest him. The 43-year-old fa­ther of six who was un­armed ar­gued with the of­fi­cers about why he was be­ing tar­geted. One of the of­fi­cers is seen in the video us­ing a choke­hold ma­neu­ver to take Gar­ner down. Gar­ner died while telling the of­fi­cer he couldn’t breathe.

Choke of death: An NYPD po­lice of­fi­cer is seen here plac­ing a choke­hold on Eric Gar­ner who died as a re­sult. On Mon­day a Grand Jury failed to in­dict the of­fi­cer.

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