Protesters Block Highway As Disciplinary Trial Begins for Eric Garner’s Death

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Activist with a sign at the funeral services for Eric Garner, July 23, 2014 (Shutterstock.com).

Protesters blocked a highway in New York on Monday, May 13, condemning the New York Police officer who is accused of using a banned chokehold in the death of Eric Garner.

Traffic was stalled on FDR Drive at 25th Street in New York City at 9 a.m. on Monday by a small group of demonstrators, which included some members from the Black Lives Matter Greater New York chapter, WABC reported.

The NYPD trial for Officer Daniel Pantaleo began on Monday for the death of 43-year-old Garner. His death sparked nationwide outrage after a viral video captured Garner’s arrest on July 17, 2014, where he can be heard telling officers, “I can’t breathe.” In December 2014, a jury did not indict Pantaleo for Garner’s death, The New York Times previously reported.

Following his death,…

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