Police stop protest organized on anniversary of Eric Garner’s death

A protest on the anniversary of Eric Garner’s death tried to cross the Verrazano Bridge Friday, but was stopped by police before they could cross.

News 12 Staff

Jul 17, 2020, 9:26 PM

Updated 1,403 days ago

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A protest on the anniversary of Eric Garner’s death tried to cross the Verrazano Bridge Friday, but was stopped by police before they could cross. 
The march began at 1:30 p.m. 
Officers lined the base of the bridge on the Brooklyn side, while protesters started listening to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous "I Have A Dream" speech. 
Demonstrators went on to chant, “I don’t see no riot here, why are you in riot gear?” but there was no escalation beyond that point. 
Protesters then marched back through Bay Ridge. Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of police reform bills aiming to combat police brutality. 
Garner died in Staten Island, across the bridge, back in 2014 after an officer put him in a chokehold during an arrest. 
Many who marched on Friday marched this past weekend through Bay Ridge, a protest which escalated with clashes between Blue Lives Matter supporters and Black Lives Matter demonstrators. 
A police source tells News 12 that one of the reasons why protesters could not cross the bridge during rush hour is because they did not announce their intent to do so and so officers could not prepare.
 


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