Protests Spread Across Country After Non-Indictment in Garner Death

Protests Spread Across Country After Non-Indictment in Garner Death

After a grand jury announced on Wednesday its decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner in New York City, protests mounted around the country. They included: 

Washington D.C.: Protesters marched around DuPont Circle, chanting, “I can’t breathe” and “No justice, no peace.” Some protesters marched from White House to Union Station, triggering street closures. 

Alexandria, Virginia: Hundreds gathered to march and pray.

San Francisco: Protesters started a “die-in” and shut down Market Street. 

Protests were also started in Los Angeles, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Clayton, Mo. 

In New York, the West Side Highway closed near 51st Street from the sea of protesters, who were penned by police at 48th Street. Protesters had claimed they would disrupt the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in the evening, but the NYPD prevented that. Others marched up Broadway and cluttered vehicles in Columbus Circle, while still others snarled on Tenth Avenue in the 50s. 

The protests around the country were galvanized by Twitter hashtags such as ShutItDown or DieIn. The latter prompted protesters to lie as if dead in Grand Central Station.