Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at various points in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Wednesday and Thursday December 3rd and 4th to march in protest against a December 3rd Staten Island Grand Jury decision not to indict an NYPD police officer for the death of unarmed Eric Garner. During Garner’s arrest in July 2014, NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was captured on film holding Garner in a chokehold after he repeatedly said: “I can’t breathe”. These words have now become the mantra of protestors across the country following a similar grand jury decision in Ferguson last month not to indict the police offer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
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One week before the decision in the Eric Garner case, demonstrators gather in Harlem to protest the decision to indict the police officer in the Michael Brown case.
December 3rd, 2014. Protests erupt in various parts of the city following a Staten Island grand jury decision not to indict an NYPD police officer for the death of Eric Garner who died after being held in a chokehold by the officer during his arrest. A ‘die-in’ took place at Grand Central station, and hundreds marched up sixth avenue and headed west, ultimately blocking the west side highway into the early hours of the morning.
Protestors gather outside Grand Central Station on 43rd street/Gareth Smit
Demonstrators form a line to block traffic near Columbus Circle/Gareth Smit
NYPD police officers are surrounded by demonstrators blocking traffic on the West End Highway/Gareth Smit
NYPD officers arrest demonstrators blocking the West End Highway/Gareth Smit
December 4th, 2014. Thousands of New Yorkers meet at various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn to march in protest against the decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer accused of using a chokehold during his arrest that would eventually result in Eric Garner’s death. In Brooklyn, protestors blocked both the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. By 6:30pm, a huge crowd had gathered at Foley Square and headed northwards toward Times Square, once again blocking the west end highway.
Thousands gather at Foley Square/Gareth Smit
Passengers sit and wait in a stationary bus on Broadway avenue as protestors bring traffic to a standstill/Gareth Smit
Protestors conduct a “die-in” by lying down on the road blocking a major intersection on Canal street/Gareth Smit
A gesture that has become an icon of the protests in Furgeson, a woman in New York raises her hands in a demonstration of surrender/Khadim Baluch
Protestors throw trash in the middle of the street, throw bottles, and knock over trash cans after the police used the LRAD system to scatter the crowds. 2:41AM, December 4th, 2014/Moth Dust
A woman yells and stands in front of a moped after a policeman tries to push forward and drive through part of the Eric Garner protest. NYC, December 4th, 2014/Moth Dust
Two protestors yell “I can’t breathe” to a police officer after being prevented from marching onwards. December 4th, 2014/Moth Dust
A protestor beckons fellow demonstrators blocking traffic on the West Side Highway/Gareth Smit
A police officer pushes protestors out of the street on the West Side Highway. December 4th, 2014/Moth Dust
Clutching a baton, an NYPD police officer is ridiculed by protestors on the West Side Highway/Gareth Smit
A demonstrator is arrested by NYPD officers on the West Side Highway/Gareth Smit
Student protestors gather on the West Side Highway, yelling “Hands up, don’t shoot.” December 4th, 2014/Moth Dust
A man reads the bible to NYPD officers on the West Side Highway/Gareth Smit