NEW YORK (Reuters) – A number of hundred folks took to the streets of New York on Wednesday to protest the U.S. Division of Justice’s determination to not convey costs towards a New York Metropolis policeman within the chokehold loss of life of an unarmed black man in 2014.
Protesters march and rally on the fifth anniversary of the loss of life of Eric Garner, a day after federal prosecutors introduced their determination to not prosecute NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo or different officers for costs associated to his loss of life, in New York, U.S., July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
The demonstrators additionally vented their anger at New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio, a Democrat who has declined to fireside Officer Daniel Pantaleo within the 5 years since Eric Garner died in police custody.
De Blasio advised reporters on Wednesday that he was shocked to study that the Justice Division wouldn’t convey costs and that he regretted delaying the beginning of disciplinary proceedings towards Pantaleo for years on the DOJ’s request.
“You are able to do one thing about it,” stated Takiema McKiver, 30, from Queens, responding to de Blasio’s feedback. “You’ll be able to’t simply say you could’t do one thing about police brutality. You’re the mayor; that is your metropolis.”
De Blasio, who’s working for his occasion’s presidential nomination, stated New York Metropolis’s police commissioner would resolve by August whether or not to punish or fireplace Pantaleo.
The officer has been on desk obligation since he was seen in bystanders’ cellphone movies placing Garner in a prohibited chokehold and wrestling him to the bottom on July 17, 2014. Garner is heard within the movies of the incident saying “I can’t breathe!” at the least 11 occasions shortly earlier than he died.
The loss of life of Garner, 43, who was initially approached by police as a result of they suspected him of illegally promoting untaxed cigarettes, touched off a nationwide furor and helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter motion.
In asserting that it will not convey costs towards Pantaleo, Justice Division officers stated they might not conclusively decide whether or not Pantaleo willfully dedicated misconduct, which have to be established to show that he violated Garner’s civil rights.
“We requested for (Pantaleo) to be prosecuted. We requested him to be fired. We requested for it. Now we’re demanding he will get fired,” Garner’s daughter, Emerald, stated on the demonstration.
Protesters chanted “Hey hey, ho ho! Pantaleo has bought to go!” and “I can’t breathe!” as they have been addressed by civic rights activists. The group later marched to NYPD headquarters in Decrease Manhattan, the place they laid down cardboard coffins.
Filmmaker Spike Lee mingled within the throng, accompanied by a digicam operator, however declined to talk to a Reuters reporter.
Pantaleo was the most recent instance of an American legislation enforcement officer to keep away from felony legal responsibility in killings of unarmed black males.
Writing by Dan Whitcomb; enhancing by Cynthia Osterman and G Crosse