Protestors Flood Times Square to Protest Lack of Indictment in Chokehold Case

People participate in a 'die-in' protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner in Grand Central Terminal.
People participate in a 'die-in' protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner in Grand Central Terminal. –EPA/Justin Lane

The decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, who was seen on video being placed in a chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo, sparked a round of protests in New York City. Demonstrators blocked the streets of Times Square and held a “die-in’’ at Grand Central Terminal among other spontaneous events around the city.

The scene was reminiscent of the reaction in many cities — including Boston — to the events of Ferguson, Missouri, in which a police officer was not indicted for the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Organizers in Boston have scheduled a protest for Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Boston Common, according to a Facebook event with over 1,000 people attending.

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“In response to the no indictment verdict of the police officer who murdered Eric Garner,’’ the event description reads, “We will be standing in solidarity at the Boston Common Tree Lighting! Bring your signage, energy, and a friend!’’

We’ve included some images from the New York City protest in the Storify below.

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