NEW YORK — Eric Garner died when officers tried to apprehend him on a Staten Island street corner five years ago.
At least half a dozen people were taken into NYPD custody Thursday while demanding justice for him. On Tuesday, the Justice Department declined to bring federal charges against NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is accused of using a fatal chokehold on Garner on July 17, 2014.
Garner’s family and protestors have called for Mayor Bill de Blasio to fire Pantaleo from the NYPD.
Activists are in the middle of 11 days of action in Garner’s name. The 11 days are for the 11 times Garner called out “I can’t breathe” when he was taken down by police.
Video from the street outside Gracie Mansion shows protestors directly in front of a line of cops.
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