Garner protesters swarm Downtown for second night

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FUNERAL PROCESSION: Demonstrators carry coffins bearing the names of people killed by police officers over the Brooklyn-bound roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge.
NIGHT MOVES: Hundreds crossed the iconic span as part of widespread demonstrations against the non-indictment of the officer who choked Garner to death this summer.
JOIN US: A lone protester motions to drivers on the still-moving Manhattan-bound side of the bridge.
LANDMARK DECISION: Protesters Matt Cordeiro, of Crown Heights, and Helen Strom, of Park Slope, in front of Junior’s Restaurant. They and other protesters tied the police killing of Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown to Garner’s death.
SWARM: Hundreds of protesters head down Flatbush Avenue towards the Manhattan Bridge after a “die-in” in front of Barclays Center.
ON THE MOVE: Protesters crossed the Manhattan Bridge back into Manhattan at around 10 pm.

Hundreds of protesters marched across the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and sat down in front of Barclays Center on Thursday evening during a second night of protests decrying a grand jury’s decision not to charge NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo with a crime for choking Gowanus native Eric Garner to death on Staten Island in July.

In a more widely attended repeat of the Wednesday night demonstrations that followed the decision, activists gathered in Manhattan and fanned out, clogging traffic and transit points throughout the borough. One faction of a few hundred surged across the Brooklyn-bound side of the Brooklyn Bridge roadway at about 7:30 pm, some carrying signs and black coffins. The procession continued up Flatbush Avenue to Atlantic Avenue, where protesters held a “die-in,” lying in the street for seven minutes in symbolic commemoration of the time Garner lay on the street without police or paramedics’ assistance.

Some protesters continued onto Fulton Mall, while others returned to Manhattan, this time across the Manhattan Bridge roadway. Police blocked Manhattan-bound traffic at around 10 pm for the marchers to proceed. Some protesters sat down on the bridge and were arrested.

The NYPD said more than 200 people were arrested across the city in connection with the protests, most of them charged with disorderly conduct. Among those was Brooklyn Paper reporter Noah Hurowitz, who officers grabbed along with more than a dozen others out of an agitated crowd in Times Square. Police charged Hurowitz, who was photographing and live-tweeting the demonstration, with disorderly conduct and released him around 5 am with a desk appearance ticket.

An officer smacked Hurowitz’s phone out of his hand minutes before another singled him out for arrest.

Garner’s death first prompted outcry this summer when a video surfaced showing an upset Garner, who bystanders said had just broken up a fight, telling police to leave him alone, and Pantaleo choking him to the ground from behind. In the video, Garner says “I can’t breathe” 11 times. Subsequently released footage showed paramedics and police milling around Garner’s unmoving body for several minutes without moving to assess or treat his condition.

The medical examiner later ruled the death a homicide caused by compression of his neck and subsequent compression of his chest after Pantaleo had brought him down.

Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch is now investigating the death, as is the Police Department.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Or from Yellow Hook says:
There would never be an indictment for this because it leads to City Hall.

What was Garner being arrested for? Selling untaxed cigarettes.

Who gave the orders to stop people from selling 'loosies'? (Because the city is not getting pennies of taxes from them.) The order came from the Police Department, in the form of Philip Banks.

No one is selling 'loosies' on Fifth Ave. or Park Ave. They sell them in the hood.

Mayor Bill de Blasio hates ciggys, but loves the punishing taxes they generate.

If it went to trial, it would lead to the Mayor, and the Deputy Police Commissioner.
Dec. 6, 2014, 1:47 pm
ty from pps says:
Or -- this has nothing to do with loosies or taxes. Garner's offense, at most, calls for a pink summons (i.e., the handing over of a piece of paper). Only if Garner refused to appear in court and/or someone else appear on his behalf to pay the small fine should the possibility of arrest even have come into the picture.

This was not an arrestable offense. This is all about police aggression, not cigarettes and taxes. To even bring up revenue blah blah blah is pointless. The reason the NYPD union spoke of the Mayor "throwing them under the bus" is because they were called out for being a testosterone-based bullying organization. It has NOTHING to do with any particular offense. The offense was just an excuse for their action. If it weren't the loosies, they would have had another reason.
Dec. 6, 2014, 7:21 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Oh no?

Eric Garner death: Did cigarette taxes play a part?
Dec. 7, 2014, 7:01 am
ty from pps says:
Rufus -- Just because Rand Paul and a few other out of touch libertarians want to talk about taxes, it doesn't make the Garner situation any more about taxes than not at all.

By the way, did you actually read this article? It actually makes my point quite well. Of course, you have to read past the headline and first paragraph.
Dec. 7, 2014, 11:52 am
ty from pps says:
fake ty, that's not even close to funny.
Dec. 7, 2014, 10:23 pm
jay from nyc says:
actually the sale of untaxed cigarettes is one of the main ways Al Queda and other terrorists generate funds to finance their operations. I am not saying Garner was involved in any of that, but this is actually a crime that has deadly serious consequences,.
Dec. 8, 2014, 9:16 pm

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