Friday, December 5, 2014

Noel Night protest planned following Eric Garner and Michael Brown decisions

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Activists in Detroit will continue to stage demonstrations following the decision by a Staten Island grand jury to not indict a white police officer who placed 43-year-old Eric Garner in a chokehold, which resulted in Garner's death — and a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's similar decision for a white police officer who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

A "die-in" was held at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit earlier this week, after the decision in Staten Island to not indict 29-year-old Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who locked Garner in a chokehold, a decision the medical examiner cited as part of the reason he died. Garner, who is black, died shortly after the altercation with several police officers who tried arresting him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

A video of the incident includes Garner's last words: "I can't breathe," which he says several times. 

The protest in Detroit is scheduled to take place during the busy annual Noel Night in Midtown; it will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts, located at 5200 Woodward Avenue. 

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