Several thousand people have held a protest in New York City on the first anniversary of Eric Garner’s death at the hand of police. Garner, a 43-year-old African American from Staten Island, died last year after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.
A grand jury later declined to indict eight-year NYPD veteran Daniel Pantaleo, sparking weeks of angry protests in New York and elsewhere in the United States. Garner’s death was captured on camera.
The family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer’s chokehold reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city on Monday, days before the anniversary of his death.
Eric Garner’s family in October filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.
Garner, who was 43, was stopped last July 17 outside a Staten Island convenience store because police officers believed he was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A video shot by an onlooker shows Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed.
all credits: Larry Fedja published: 28 October 2012
The 2013 annual demonstration took place on 26th October in London and was attended by over 250 people. Those in attendance included relatives of Mark Duggan, Thomas Orchard, Sean Rigg, Roger Sylvester, Anthony Grainger, Joy Gardner, Olaseni Lewis and many more.
The United Families and Friends Campaign delivered their annual letter to Downing Street. This annual letter, delivered to successive heads of government since UFFC’s inception in the late 1990’s, demands justice for those who have died in state custody in suspicious and controversial circumstances.