NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A march on Staten Island with what police estimated to be more than 2,500 protesters culminated at a rally on Saturday over the death of Eric Garner while in police custody.
The march, dubbed “We Will Not Go Back,” began around 12 p.m. at 204 Bay St. across from Tompkinsville Park in Staten Island, where 43-year-old Garner was killed.
Marchers, starting at the intersection where Garner was first confronted by police, walked behind a banner that said “We Will Not Go Back, March for Justice.”
Many in the crowd carried signs. Some said: “Police the NYPD” or “RIP Eric Garner.” But the most popular signs were “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” which emerged during protests in Missouri over the police killing of Michael Brown, and “I can’t breathe,” Garner’s last known words.
As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported, protesters also chanted “I can’t breathe,” as they marched.