After a grand jury decided on Wednesday not to indict the officers that were involved in the death of Eric Garner, protests started all around the country, with 83 people being arrested in NYC. Garner died after being put in a choke hold by police.
Large groups of people carried signs and shouted in Times Square, with protesters blocking Brooklyn Bridge and Lincoln Tunnel traffic.
Demonstrations also took place in other locations like Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, California and Washington DC. Streets were also blocked in the capital while in Seattle there were protesters that dropped to the pavement while screaming “Stop murdering black people” and “I can’t breathe”.
Eric Holder, Attorney General, announced that a civil rights investigation will be launched by the Justice Department. Garner died after being put in a choke hold by David Pantaleo, officer. The entire incident was filmed and showed that Eric Garner was not armed and did not appear to pose a threat to the officers that surrounded him.
The tape shows Garner saying “I can’t breathe” while other officers were holding him down.
Holder added that an independent investigation will start, noting that a lot of people saw the video of the Garner incident and that the police needs to “heal the breakdown in trust that we have seen.”
The grand jury decision is similar to that of Michael Brown in Missouri. That decision started violent demonstrations in the suburb of Ferguson and in many other cities around the country.