The protest was billed as #WeWillNotGoBack. Apparently neither Mayor Bill de Blasio nor Public Advocate Letitia James were expected to attend today’s events.
People gathered early, taking buses and ferries to Staten Island. The march began close to noon eastern at the site of Eric Garner’s murder by police. Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, suffered from asthma and was unarmed when he was stopped by police on July 17 in Staten Island for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.
After resisting arrest, Garner was placed in a chokehold — an illegal tactic — by white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo and can be heard, in a cellphone video, screaming “I can’t breathe!” several times as he was forced to the ground and handcuffed.