‘Die-in’: Police chokehold victim Eric Garner's daughter leads Staten Island protest

‘Die-in’: Police chokehold victim Eric Garner's daughter leads Staten Island protest
Eric Garner's daughter staged a 'die-in' at the same spot where her father died. She marched with protesters in the New York City borough of Staten Island on Thursday, expressing her disgust with the court’s ruling not to punish her father’s killer.

“I still feel like I’m in a never ending nightmare,” Eric Garner's daughter, Erica, told Ruptly, reiterating that what happened to her father had sparked nationwide and global protests.

“It could be you, everybody could be Eric Garner, there are a lot of Eric Garners out there, a lot of innocent people beaten down by police. I hope these protesters accomplish a lot. I hope it shows people that we’re very passionate about this and that we are not going to stop until we get justice,” Erica Garner said.

The same evening dozens of activists lay down on the ground in a 'die-in' demonstration inside Grand Central Station and Saks department store on Fifth Avenue in New York on Thursday evening, protesting the grand jury’s decision not to prosecute white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for causing Eric Garner’s death.

Protesters were chanting, “We Can’t Breathe” and carrying banners saying, “Black lives matter,” “JUSTICE” and “Police Brutality and Murder MUST STOP.”

Nationwide protests are continuing in the US following a grand jury decision to exonerate Pantaleo of any wrongdoing in the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black Staten Island resident, on July 17.

A passer-by, who witnessed the incident, recorded it and uploaded the video online, sparking mass outrage against police brutality.

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The video shows the officer placing Garner in an illegal chokehold, while a group of other officers force Garner to the ground. Garner, who reportedly suffered from asthma, died after repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe” – a phrase that has become one of the rallying cries of the protests.

Earlier, a Missouri grand jury ruled not to indict a white police officer for the death of Michael Brown, who was shot several times following a confrontation with police in Ferguson, Missouri, despite being unarmed. This decision also ignited mass protests.

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In November, a rookie NYPD officer “accidentally” shot and killed an unarmed African-American man in a staircase in a New York apartment block. (http://rt.com/usa/207795-police-officer-kill-unarmed/)
Also in late November, law enforcers in Cleveland, Ohio, fatally shot a young boy in the stomach. He had been playing with an air gun.