Several hundred protesters gathered in and around Times Square in New York City after hearing the news that the officer responsible for the death of the 43-year-old father of six would not face any charges.Large groups of demonstrators marched up from Times Square to Rockefeller Center, where the scene was set for a festive televised Christmas-tree lighting Wednesday evening, to protest the news that a Staten Island grand jury would not charge the white New York City police officer accused of choking Eric Garner and causing his death.
The grand jury, made up of 14 white and nine “not white” members, decided that no charges would be filed against Daniel Pantaleo, the only officer facing a possible indictment. The other officers were given immunity for their testimony, according to the New York Times. Pantaleo testified on Nov. 21 for more than two hours, the Times reported.
According to NBC News, some protesters also converged on the “main concourse of Grand Central Terminal” and staged die-ins.
“I’m outraged,” John Grauwiler, 44, told NBC News. “As a man of color, I’m concerned about the implications of this for me and my friends. I thought the turnout would be different, but this is a wake-up call.”
The news comes only a week after then-police Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for killing unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., making Garner’s the second recent case of an unarmed black man dying at the hands of police with no grand jury indictment.
Source: The Root | STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.