Hundreds Arrested in New York As Protests Over Eric Garner Grand Jury Verdict Grow
Thousands Protest in New York and Across the Nation
Scores across America chant “I Can’t Breathe”
From New York, Atlanta, Washington, DC to San Francisco growing numbers of protesters filled the streets to express anger and disillusionment with the recent Grand Jury verdict which cleared a New York police officer in the death of Eric Garner.
According to HuffPo: Grandparents marched with their grandchildren. Experienced activists stood alongside newcomers, and protesters of all colors chanted slogans.
“We’re under siege and it has to stop,” Harlem resident Judy Edwards said at a rally Thursday night in lower Manhattan’s Foley Square.
The 61-year-old black woman was accompanied by her daughter and twin 10-year-old grandchildren, a boy and a girl. She said it was important to her that the children saw a crowd that was racially mixed and diverse in many other ways all insisting upon the same thing — that something must be done.
That was the message, too, in cities across America: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis Oakland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., among them. Sign-carrying, chanting demonstrators marched down heavily-traveled streets and shut down highways and bridges. Politicians talked about the need for better police training, body cameras and changes in the grand jury process to restore faith in the legal system.