From the International Business Times:
Eric Garner Protesters Draw Comparisons To Ferguson During New York City March From Union Square
By Kathleen Caulderwood
December 03 2014 8:12 PM
NEW YORK — As tourists gathered across New York to celebrate the holiday season, angry protesters walked across the city Wednesday chanting slogans made familiar in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent months and adding new ones to honor the life of Eric Garner. “Hands up, don’t shoot,” mingled with “I can’t breathe” as the protesters marched from Union Square in lower Manhattan toward Rockefeller Center to stop the city’s annual Christmas Tree lighting.
The demonstration was one of many protests across New York City and the nation Wednesday that formed hours after a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer for killing Garner in an illegal chokehold. Demonstrators compared the decision to a similar outcome last week in Missouri, where a grand jury also opted not to bring charges against a white police officer in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Both Brown and Garner were unarmed when they were killed by police. Garner screamed “I can’t breathe” while in the chokehold, while Brown allegedly put his hands up before he was fatally shot.
Protester Vincent Cinque, 21, said he was astonished at the grand jury’s decision in New York. “It’s not just one mistake, now it’s the second or third time it’s not acceptable,” said Cinque, a student at nearby New York University who said he would likely skip his classes for the evening to protest.
At Union Square, market vendors shut down as the crowd swelled to at least 150 people before marching Uptown toward Rockefeller Center, where more protesters there planned to shut down the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Police escorted the growing group along the way, keeping protesters off sidewalks, adding new barricades and blocking off intersections. “Apparently a tree is more important than a black man’s life,” one protester said, walking with the barricades. Witnesses said about five or six people were arrested.
Michael Arseneau, 21, a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said he still had faith in law enforcement, but wanted to send a message. “The dignity of the term ‘uphold the law and serve the public’ was defiled. They need to know that,” he said, holding a sign that read “Ferguson is Everywhere,” as he walked with the group.
Garner, 43, died July 17 after a group of NYPD officers stopped him for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally. Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner into a chokehold, a restraining tactic the NYPD banned in 1993. A New York City medical examiner eventually ruled Garner’s death a homicide by “compression of the neck.”
Tiffany Poole, 25, of Brooklyn, joined the group at Rockefeller Center after leaving work Wednesday night. She said she planned to keep participating all week. “I felt the rage,” she said. “We are not violent, but we are hurt.”
NATIONWIDE PROTESTS ERUPT AFTER ERIC GARNER GRAND JURY VERDICT “New York City residents took to the streets on Wednesday after a grand jury said it would not bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in July after a police officer placed him in a chokehold. Garner, 43, was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on July 17 when New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in an illegal chokehold. The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, but the grand jury said Wednesday it would not indict Pantaleo.” Protests broke out nationwide, and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Justice Department would be opening a criminal rights investigation. And The New York Times compiled the “most notable” fatal police encounters in New York City since 1990. [HuffPost]
Militarisation of United States police: here.
This 2 December 2014 video fom Athens, Georgia in the USA is called UGA group marches following Michael Brown Ferguson decision.
New York Times columnist Charles Blow recently commented, “One thing the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., has sent back to the surface is just how difficult it is to have cross-racial discussions about crime and punishment in this country.” This is because blacks and whites in the United States, at least according to Blow, “perceptually and experientially” live in “vastly different worlds.” Blow cites a study by the Sentencing Project that found “white Americans overestimate the proportion of crime committed by people of color, and associate people of color with criminality.” But it is important to note that this is not all white people: here.