Dec 04, 2014
By Jane Brown
There was another round of protests in the U.S. last night following another controversial grand jury decision. This one, in New York City, saw the jury acquit a police officer seen on video using an apparent choke hold that led to the death of an unarmed black man this past summer.
The arrest of Eric Garner for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes was caught on video and has gone viral. He can be heard saying that he can’t breathe. See the video here
Protesters were chanting the final words victim Eric Garner can be heard saying on the video as he’s being held down by the officer in question and two others. The grand jury decision came nine days after a similar grand jury verdict in St. Louis County, Missouri. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about the situation last night.
“Our history, sadly, requires us to say that black lives matter,” de Blasio said, “because…we’re not just dealing with a problem in 2014, we’re not dealing with years of racism or decades of racism. We’re dealing with centuries of racism that has brought us to this day. That is how profound the crisis is.”
The U.S. Justice Department has announced an independent investigation.