After the jury decided not to indict the Policeman Daniel Pantaleo for causing the death by strangulation of an unarmed Afro-American man, thousands of protesters took to the streets of New York yesterday.
The protests were mostly peaceful and began on Wednesday night at various points of Manhattan, including: Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and near the Rockefeller Center.
The Police reported about 30 arrests in the afternoon, but declined to give updated figures at night.
The Department of Justice of the United States said they were investigating whether the civil rights of Eric Garner were violated, who was accused of illegally selling cigarettes on a sidewalk, when Pantaleo took him by the neck from behind and knocked him down with the help of other officers. The Police said that the man had resisted to the arrest.
The Staten Island incident was recorded on a video that was broadcast over the Internet, which shows when the officers hold Garner when he pleads repeatedly saying “I can not breathe.”