Eric Garner’s Family Thanks Protesters

Protesters block traffic on 34th Street during a demonstration against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York on Dec. 5, 2014. (Photo: John Taggart, European Pressphoto Agency)
Protesters block traffic on 34th Street during a demonstration against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York on Dec. 5, 2014.
(Photo: John Taggart, European Pressphoto Agency)

Eric Garner’s family Saturday thanked the thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets across the nation in outrage after a police officer was not indicted in the 43-year-old New Yorker’s death.

“It is just so awesome to see how the crowds were out there,” said Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr. “They are out there. They are standing for my son. My heart is overflowing with joy. It’s just a gracious feeling.”

Carr, who spoke during a news conference at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters in New York, said she was stuck in traffic recently on the Westside Highway as protesters caused a traffic jam.

She said one of the protesters recognized her and that he and others apologized for delaying her. “I told them, don’t worry about it. Just do what you have to do. Keep on doing it, but do it in peace.”

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Source: USA Today | Larry Copeland

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