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.
Garner’s widow and daughter attended the rally.
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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.