NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A rally was held Saturday outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, calling on federal prosecutors to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island.
Friday marked the one-year anniversary of 43-year-old Garner’s death.
Rev. Al Sharpton led several hundred activists and residents as they rallied, including Garner’s widow Esaw, who said she would never stop fighting for her husband, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.
“”We don’t care how long it takes we want justice for Eric Garner,” Sharpton said. “We can’t breathe and we need to breathe!”
“Money is not enough,” Esaw said. “We need justice.”
Sharpton and the crowd agreed as they chanted “no justice, no peace.”
Garner’s daughter, Emerald, thanked the crowd, saying her father would have loved the support, 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis reported.
“My father was a family person, so I’m sure he’s looking down at us and saying ‘Wow all of you guys came out to support us,'” she said.
Garner was stopped July 17, 2014 outside a Staten Island convenience store because police officers believed he was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.
A video shot by an onlooker shows Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed.