New York, NY (WPIX) — n a second night of peaceful action, more than 4,000 protesters are estimated to have gathered in Foley Square in a massive show against the grand jury’s decision in the Eric Garner case.
The diverse crowd is venting its outrage over the Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the Officer Daniel Pantaleo involved in the death of Garner. On Thursday night, protesters also were gathering in places including Union Square and the Manhattan approach to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Protesters are taking to the streets in largely peaceful demonstrations demanding justice for Garner, who died July 17 after being put in an apparent chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
Garner was being arrested on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, or “loosies.”
Hours after the grand jury’s decision was revealed, bridges and tunnels as well as Times Square, Grand Central, Union Square and Rockefeller Center — where the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony went off without a hitch — became hot spots for protesters.