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Rally on anniversary of Eric Garner’s death held in NYC

Crowds gathered in New York City Friday and Saturday to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, and to demand police reforms in several cases of police brutality.

An eyewitness video of the incident went viral and immortalized Garner’s words “I can’t breathe” as a rallying cry for Americans protesting police brutality throughout the past year.

Esaw Garner, (L) widow of Eric Garner, and Emerald Snipes Garner (R), daughter of Eric Garner, arrive to attend a rally near a Brooklyn court in New York, July 18, 2015. Family and supporters marked the anniversary of the police killing of Eric Garner with rallies and vigils demanding police reforms and justice in the controversial case. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Esaw Garner, (L) widow of Eric Garner, and Emerald Snipes Garner (R), daughter of Eric Garner, arrive to attend a rally near a Brooklyn court in New York, July 18, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Garner’s widow and daughter attended the rally.

A protester is detained on July 17 by New York Police Department officers during a rally for Eric Garner who was killed one year ago by police in New York. Family and supporters on Friday marked the anniversary with rallies and vigils demanding police reforms and justice in the controversial case. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

A protester is detained on July 17 by New York Police Department officers during a rally for Eric Garner who was killed one year ago by police in New York. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Family members of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Ramarley Graham were all present at the rally as well.

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke at the rally, saying “We stand together today by the hundreds saying we don’t care how long it takes. We want justice for Eric Garner.”

A grand jury has already declined to indict the police officer who placed Garner in a chokehold, but the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn is investigating the possibility of charges that he violated Garner’s rights.

On Monday, New York City finalized a $5.9 million settlement with Garner’s family, but admitted no liability in his death.

A demonstrator reacts during a protest at the location where Eric Garner was killed on the one year anniversary of his death in New York, July 17, 2015. Family and supporters on Friday marked the anniversary with rallies and vigils demanding police reforms and justice in the controversial case. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A demonstrator reacts during a protest at the location where Eric Garner was killed on the one year anniversary of his death in New York, July 17, 2015. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Protesters carry symbolic caskets of people killed by police during a rally for Eric Garner near a Brooklyn court in New York, July 18, 2015. Family and supporters marked the anniversary of the police killing of Eric Garner with rallies and vigils demanding police reforms and justice in the controversial case. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Protesters carry symbolic caskets of people killed by police during a rally for Eric Garner near a Brooklyn court in New York, July 18, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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