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Eric Garner choke case protests see 83 arrested in NYC – New York Daily Newsby wpjljron.Eric Garner choke case protests see 83 arrested in NYC – New York Daily NewsJUSTIN LANE/EPAAt least 83 people were arrested overnight in New York. MICHAEL NAGLE/EPANYPD officers arrest people blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge in protest against the grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.  Jason DeCrow/APProtesters occupied the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge early Thursday. Yana […]
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At least 83 people were arrested overnight in New York.
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NYPD officers arrest people blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge in protest against the grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. 
Protesters occupied  the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge early Thursday.Jason DeCrow/AP
Protesters occupied the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge early Thursday.
Police arrest a protester on the West Side Highway.Yana Paskova/Getty Images
Police arrest a protester on the West Side Highway.
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Protesters lay down in Grand Central Station Wednesday.
Protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge were arrested for disorderly conduct.Jason DeCrow/AP
Protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge were arrested for disorderly conduct.
No injuries were reported in the New York protests.Jason DeCrow/AP
No injuries were reported in the New York protests.
  • epa04513884 Police arrest a woman sitting in the street during a protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner in midtown New York, New York, USA, 03 December 2014. A grand jury in Staten Island, New York voted today that there was not enough evident to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was administering a chokehold to Garner in July when he died. US Attorney General Eric Holder asked protesters to be peaceful and launched a federal probe into the choking death of an unarmed African American who was being restrained by police. Holder said that Eric Garner, who was 43, 'died tragically' at the hands of police, and that federal investigators would conduct an 'independent, thorough and fair' investigation to see if his civil rights had been violated. The federal probe will follow the refusal of a grand jury to indict the police officer who restrained Garner. Holder said that Garner's death in July, along with the shooting death of an unarmed African American Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 'have tested the sense of trust between law enforcement and the community they are charged to protect.' EPA/JUSTIN LANE
  • epa04514090 New York City police officers arrest people blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge in protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York, New York, USA, 03 December 2014. A grand jury in Staten Island, New York voted today that there was not enough evident to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was administering a chokehold to Garner in July when he died. US Attorney General Eric Holder asked protesters to be peaceful and launched a federal probe into the choking death of an unarmed African American who was being restrained by police. Holder said that Eric Garner, who was 43, 'died tragically' at the hands of police, and that federal investigators would conduct an 'independent, thorough and fair' investigation to see if his civil rights had been violated. The federal probe will follow the refusal of a grand jury to indict the police officer who restrained Garner. Holder said that Garner's death in July, along with the shooting death of an unarmed African American Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 'have tested the sense of trust between law enforcement and the community they are charged to protect.' EPA/MICHAEL NAGLE
  • Protesters occupied  the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge early Thursday.
  • NEW YORK - DECEMBER 3: Police arrest a protester on the West Side Highway December 3, 2014 in New York. Protests began after a Grand Jury decided to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo. Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by Pantaleo on July 17, 2014. Pantaleo had suspected Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
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  • Protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge were arrested for disorderly conduct.
  • No injuries were reported in the New York protests.

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President Obama praised New Yorkers on Thursday for keeping their cool a day after a Staten Island grand jury outraged much of the city by refusing to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold.


Speaking after a night of mostly peaceful protests — and as the Justice Department began its own investigation of Garner’s death — Obama said he passed on kudos to Mayor de Blasio earlier by telephone.


“I commended him for his work yesterday and for the way New Yorkers have been engaging in peaceful protests and being constructive,” Obama said at a White House event.


Obama said he intends to tap leaders like de Blasio “as we started taking some concrete steps to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color.”

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About 50 protesters marched near the Space Needle during protests in Seattle.
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A demonstrator cries while gathering in Philadelphia Wednesday.
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Demonstrators march in protest on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri.
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Ashley Reid of Atlanta protests at historic Auburn Avenue near the tomb of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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Protesters staged a die-in during protests in Seattle.
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Dena Wessel stands near police officers during protests in Seattle.
  • About 50 protesters marched near the Space Needle during protests in Seattle.
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  • epaselect epa04514009 Ashley Reid of Atlanta protests at historic Auburn Avenue near the tomb of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.,  against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner in Atlanta, Georgia USA, 03 December 2014. A grand jury in Staten Island, New York voted today that there was not enough evidence to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was administering a chokehold to Garner in July when he died as police arrested him. US Attorney General Eric Holder asked protesters to be peaceful and launched a federal probe into the choking death of an unarmed African American who was being restrained by police. Holder said that Eric Garner, who was 43, 'died tragically' at the hands of police, and that federal investigators would conduct an 'independent, thorough and fair' investigation to see if his civil rights had been violated. The federal probe will follow the refusal of a grand jury to indict the police officer who restrained Garner. Holder said that Garner's death in July, along with the shooting death of an unarmed African American Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 'have tested the sense of trust between law enforcement and the community they are charged to protect.'  EPA/ERIK S. LESSER
  • epa04514057 Protesters stage a die-in during protests in Seattle, Washington, USA, 03 December 2014. Approximately 50 people gathered to support solidarity with other protests around the country after a police officer who killed Eric Garner in New York was not indicted by a grand jury. US Attorney General Eric Holder asked protesters to be peaceful and launched a federal probe into the choking death of an unarmed African American who was being restrained by police. Holder said that Eric Garner, who was 43, 'died tragically' at the hands of police, and that federal investigators would conduct an 'independent, thorough and fair' investigation to see if his civil rights had been violated. The federal probe will follow the refusal of a grand jury to indict the police officer who restrained Garner. Holder said that Garner's death in July, along with the shooting death of an unarmed African American Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 'have tested the sense of trust between law enforcement and the community they are charged to protect.'US launches federal probe into choking death of suspect by New York police  EPA/MATT MILLS MCKNIGHT
  • Dena Wessel stands near police officers during protests in Seattle.

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“But beyond the specific issue that has to be addressed — making sure that people have confidence that police and law enforcement and prosecutors are serving everybody equally — there’s a larger question of restoring a sense of common purpose,” he said.


Earlier, after a night during which 83 protesters got desk appearance tickets but no serious vandalism or violence was reported, de Blasio stressed that it was important for New Yorkers to make sure their voices are heard.


“Eric Garner was a decent man,” the mayor said. “Obviously, it was a minor offense he was committing. No way it should’ve ended up in this situation.”


Garner, a father of six, was peddling unlicensed cigarettes known as loosies when he ran afoul of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who killed him.





The Staten Island man died after cops put him in a chokehold. The Staten Island man died after cops put him in a chokehold. Enlarge
Garner was a married father-of-six. Uncredited/ASSOCIATED PRESS Garner was a married father-of-six. Enlarge


Eric Garner died in July after a cop put him in a chokehold.



“There were no injuries, no vandalism, no significant violence,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on “Good Day NY.” “It was an inconvenience certainly for motorists, but we are not having a Ferguson here … let’s be quite clear about that.”


Ferguson, Mo., exploded in violence last month after a local grand jury refused to charge the white officer who killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown with a crime.


Police were bracing for another round of protests later Thursday and cops were concentrating on the flashpoints that saw action on Wednesday night — Union Square, Grand Central Terminal, Columbus Circle and Times Square.


Also, another group tried to infiltrate Wednesday night’s Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, but cops blocked roads to keep out activists armed with signs that read “black lives matter” and “fellow white people, wake up.”


“I still have many of my chiefs giving depositions in federal court as a result of mass arrests so we are not going to engage in mass arrests when they are not necessary,” Bratton said.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo will not face charges in the case.NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Officer Daniel Pantaleo will not face charges in the case.


Garner was killed on July 17 by Pantaleo after he and several other officers stopped the 43-year-old father of six on a Tompkinsville street for selling unlicensed cigarettes.


“I can’t breathe,” the doomed dad said 11 times in a horrific cell phone video obtained by the Daily News that outraged New York and the nation.


The medical examiner later ruled Garner’s death a homicide, caused by the chokehold and compression of the neck and chest.


PBA chief Patrick Lynch insisted Pantaleo used a “take-down technique” he was taught in the basic training.


And on Wednesday, Pantaleo, who is 29 and has been on the job for eight years, escaped being charged with a crime.


The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has spoken with the President about the Brown and Garner killings, said he wants to see some results from Obama on race relations.


“He seemed very focused, but we need that focus to lead to change,” he said.


Sharpton has also called for a Dec. 13 protest in the nation’s capital.






“Mr. Garner’s death is one of several recent incidents across the country that have tested the sense of trust that must exist between law enforcement and the communities they are charged to serve and protect,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in Washington.


The federal civil rights division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York will lead the probe, he said.


Loretta Lynch, that district’s top prosecutor, has been nominated to replace Holder.


“Our office has monitored this case closely,” Lynch said in a statement. “The investigation will be fair and thorough, and it will be conducted as expeditiously as possible.”


More shows of solidarity with the New York protesters are expected in 30 cities across the country later Thursday.


The demonstrations Wednesday were also largely peaceful except in St. Louis, where a minivan struck several protesters marching in the streets, local TV reported.


Nobody was seriously injured in the crash. And even that demonstration was tame compared to the street fighting that erupted after Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson escaped criminal charges for killing 18-year-old Brown.

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