Protesters took to the streets once again after a Staten Island, New York grand jury declined to indict a white police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed black person, Eric Garner. Protester’s carried signs that said “I can’t breathe,” last known words that Eric Garner told officers while tackled to the ground by several police officers. The incident happened in July 2014 and grand jury decision was delivered on December 4, 2014. Major crowed gatherings were seen in New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D. C., and Pittsburg and of course in Ferguson. More than 200 people have been arrested just in Manhattan in New York City for various violations during protests. Some protesters were successful in blocking subway trains and stopping traffic on freeways as well as local streets. Protestors are demanding a new dialog in race relations in the United States.
This is happening after another high profile decision in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer. In this case the grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer. Crowds all over the country protested the decision and once again race relations in the United States came to the forefront.