— Millions March NYC (@MillionsMarch) July 11, 2015
One year after Eric Garner was brought to his knees by a New York Police Department officer and placed in a violent and deadly chokehold for allegedly selling loose cigarettes, marchers will take to the streets and renew calls to criminally charge the cop in the death captured on viral cell phone video.
From New York, to Connecticut, to California, marchers are scheduled to hit the streets Friday in a call for justice, according to a news release from Stop Mass Incarceration.
“We need to be back out in the streets, letting everybody know that we haven’t forgotten, and that we still refuse to suffer these horrors in silence,” states the release.
“I can’t breathe,” Garner, 43, said as NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo held him in a chokehold on a bustling sidewalk in Staten Island, New York a year ago on Friday.
The officer was not charged in the death that emboldened a protest movement against police excessive force in Black communities across the nation, and Garner’s last words became a mantra for the movement. A grand jury in December failed to indict Pantaleo, but the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the death.
The anniversary and renewed calls for justice come in the same week that Garner’s family reached a $5.9 million settlement with New York City in his death.
Click here for a listing of marches.
PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter