The 43-year-old Garner, who was asthmatic and suffered from a heart disease, died from suffocation after being put in a chokehold by a white police officer Daniel Pantaleo this July. A cell-phone video of the arrest went viral on the Internet.
New York civil rights group activists are sure that the US public should have access to Eric Garner’s Grand Jury Records.
Most NYPD precincts have reportedly called off Christmas parties as they are on high alert to intervene if protests against police brutality escalate. The departments will hold their winter celebrations in January, expecting demonstrations to fade after the holidays.
US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday that sets up the “Task Force on 21st Century Policing” to determine how to strengthen the public’s and local communities trust for law enforcements.
Tens of thousands took to the streets across the US on Saturday to protest police brutality, calling for long-term changes within the police and amendments to US legislation.
NYPD spokesman said he hoped that the upcoming Saturday rally against police brutality would result in no incidents and would pass peacefully.
Organizers of the rally demand creation of an independent prosecutor to handle "police misconduct and excessive use of force."
The event, dubbed the “Day of Anger,” is set to begin Saturday in Manhattan, a New York City district that has seen weeks of demonstrations protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict a law enforcer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, who died in July after having been put in a chokehold.
US Congressional staffers took to the steps of the US Capitol raising their hands in the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture in a display of solidarity with people protesting against police brutality and unfair sentencing.
The US Senate has passed a bill, which requires states to report the number of individuals who die each year during arrests or in police custody.
The demonstration began at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way near the UC Berkeley campus around 5 p.m. The protesters headed for City Hall and then marched through downtown Berkeley streets toward Oakland. They shouted slogans against racism and police brutality.
Several NBA stars put on t-shirts saying "I can't breathe" in solidarity with people protesting after a grand jury decided not to press charges against police officers who killed an unarmed black man earlier this year.
The United Nations human rights experts stressed that the non-indictment verdicts in Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases leave many with legitimate concerns over the longstanding prevalence of racial discrimination against African-Americans and called for the delivery of justice and reparations for the victims.
New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city police would go through a special three day training, aimed at establishing better relations between urban forces and local communities.
Activists in New York City plan to continue protesting against police brutality after the grand jury's decision on Eric Garner killing by white officer.
NYC Mayor de Blasio expressed sympathy for Eric Garner’s death, calling for further restrictions on the police.
US Congressman Peter King (R-NY) has praised the decision of the grand jury not to indict the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death, claiming the man died because he had asthma, a heart condition and was "so obese".
A co-chairman of the Don't Shoot Coalition, which was formed over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August, said that the decision of the grand jury on the Eric Garner's case proved that unarmed and non-threatening people could be "killed by police with impunity."
New York City has seen a new wave of protests Thursday morning over the grand jury decision not to charge a law enforcer who died from suffocation after being put in a chokehold by a law enforcer in July.
Rev. Al Sharpton, a prominent US civil rights activist, has announced a march in Washington following a grand jury decision not to press charges against a police officer who killed an unarmed African-American.