Eric Garner protests continue in cities across America
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.