WATCH ABOVE: New York’s streets were overrun with people protesting the grand jury decision not to indict the officer implicated in the choking death of Eric Garner.
Protests have spread across New York City Wednesday afternoon following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.
Eric Garner, 43, died July 17 after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo attempted to arrest him for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. A cellphone video of the incident showed Pantaleo putting Garner in a chokehold, which is banned by NYPD policy.
In the video, Garner, who had asthma, was heard repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe!” He later died in hospital.
The case has sparked outrage and drew immediate comparisons to the deadly police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
WATCH: Mayor Bill De Blasio says Garner decision is ‘profoundly personal’
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