One year later: Frustration over Eric Garner’s death still rampant

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BROOKLYN –The nationwide movement that emerged from a sidewalk in Staten Island exactly one year ago continues to swell with support.

While numbers at a Columbus Circle demonstration were nowhere close to what hit the streets of the city following a no indictment for Daniel Panataleo, the NYPD officer who was the last to have his hands on Eric Garner, there was still a high concentration of frustration.

"Many of us have marched, many of us are new to this, but the point isn't how many people are out, but the point is that we are all fed up with it," said Rebeca Toledo.

It did not take long for tense moment to emerge from the demonstration as minutes into the rally when the NYPD went into the crowd and cuffed a man.

When PIX 11 News asked the man what led him to being in handcuffs? He responded, "That is a good question. Officers, what did I do?"

Before the rally, PIX 11 News came across Ben Nasrallah, who is in town for the week from Florida.

Nasrallah is studying to be a social counselor. He said he was compelled to take part in Friday night's demonstration for one reason.

"I just want to hear from people," Nasrallah said. "I want to see what their perspective is.  I want to see how to organize something like this in Jacksonville, how to bring those lessons back to where I live a city that I care about."

When  asked if he thinks law enforcement has become more sensitive in the aftermath of Garner and other cases that have followed, Imani Henry of the People Power Assembly said no.

"No I do not feel like the police have been more sensitive to us at all," Henry said. "I think it has actually gotten worse."

Henry also added that while the video of Garner was what most focused on, it was his words that ended up being more powerful.

"This stops today is what Eric Garner said and I think that resonates with so many people because for people who have been fighting police brutality or facing this in our communities for many years, we have that same feeling, it should stop right now," Henry said.

"What he said completely resonated with so many people of I'm being harassed for just being in community and being in my neighborhood," said Henry before disappearing in the crowd of demonstrators.

Meanwhile away from Manhattan and in Brooklyn, members of the Garner family, including his mother, attended a memorial. They were not alone. Standing with them, other mothers whose sons have died in police custody.