NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Major rallies were held Friday to mark the one year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death.
About 20 activists gathered in lower Manhattan Friday afternoon as they boarded the Staten Island Ferry for the protest at the site where Garner was taken down last year.READ MORE: Community Gathers In East Harlem To Remember Yao Pan Ma, Condemn Anti-Asian Hate
On Friday evening, protesters also marched down streets and through Penn Station. There were reports of arrests, but it was not immediately learned how many.
“We’re over-policed,” said Alice Sturmsutter. “If we had community police that came out of the community and understood what’s going on that would be better.”
Donna Shah, who was raised on Staten Island, said she was glad to see a diverse group protesting Garner’s death.
“It does touch my heart to see people of other nationalities support causes like this,” Shah said. “It does show me that they care and that they want to do something.”
The group placed 11 white roses on the small memorial for Garner, one for each time he said “I can’t breathe,” WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.
“Eric Garner’s crime was that he was a black man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Carl Dix.