Boston Protests After NYC Officer Not Indicted

By Joseph Jacobs 12-5-14

Another unarmed black man was murdered, another white police officer was failed to be indicted, and in response, protesters took to the streets of Boston and beyond to voice their displeasure with the verdict.

Bostonians hit the streets multiple times in the last week, protesting a New York County grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who put Eric Garner, a 43-year old, unarmed, African-American man in a chokehold, which resulted in his death on July 17.

That verdict comes days after a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot 18 year-old African American man Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protests erupted across the states after the Garner decision. Protests started quickly, as hours after verdict more than one hundred citizens, mostly students, stood in front of the State House, chanting and expressing their displeasure with the decision.

The protests intensified on Thursday, as thousands of demonstrators traversed the streets for a three-hour march around the Hub. Protesters blocked streets while marching to the annual tree-lighting ceremony on Boston Common. Some protesters also made it near Exit 24 on the Massachusetts Turnpike for a short time. Some of the signs held up by the protesters read “Justice for All” and “Black Lives Matter.” The Thursday Protests were predominantly peaceful, as only nine were arrested throughout the night’s events.

But the rallying didn’t stop there; Friday evening, about 1,000 people, mostly students, marched from Tufts University to Harvard Square in what they called the “Indict America: Davis Square March.” Although protesters did block traffic, there were no reported arrests.

Protests have taken place across America to show disdain for the course of events that have taken place. The demonstrators have been greatest in New York City and Staten Island, close to where Eric Garner was murdered.