published: 18 July 2015
Several thousand people have held a protest in New York City on the first anniversary of Eric Garner’s death at the hand of police. Garner, a 43-year-old African American from Staten Island, died last year after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.
A grand jury later declined to indict eight-year NYPD veteran Daniel Pantaleo, sparking weeks of angry protests in New York and elsewhere in the United States. Garner’s death was captured on camera.
Police confronted protesters who shut down intersections in Manhattan, making at least two-dozen arrests Friday evening.
The protesters chanted “Shame! Shame! Shame!” as they continued to press for criminal justice and police reform. Many held signs saying, “Strong communities make police obsolete,” and “end police brutality.”