Thousands marched on Saturday to protest Eric Garner’s chokehold death by a white NYPD officer, Daniel Pantaleo, as tensions eased in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.
No charges have been filed against the officer, though the medical examiner ruled Eric Garner’s death was a homicide. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan announced that a grand jury will meet to consider bringing criminal charges against the officer next month.
Eric Garner died on July 17 after police tried to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes near a Staten Island park. A video posted online showed the officers had him in an illegal chokehold, even though he complained repeatedly of being unable to breath.
Here’s the reaction on Twitter:
Daniel Pantaleo, NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner, is still walking the streets. Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the attack, is locked up
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 23, 2014
"I've been marching a long time," said Ruth Johnson, 70 years old. "But it was time to come out again, and so I did." http://t.co/fRp3i4pw6M
— WSJ Greater New York (@WSJNY) August 23, 2014
Protest sign at the Eric Garner Rally. pic.twitter.com/UFmseNGWb5
— Stephen Farrell (@Farrelltimes) August 23, 2014
— Saulo Corona (@SauloCorona) August 23, 2014
"the meeting….appeared noticeably less tense than a previous gathering after the death of Eric Garner…" http://t.co/ZSeBs048Wb
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) August 20, 2014