MANHATTAN (PIX11) — Protesters gathered inside and around Grand Central Terminal Wednesday following the grand jury’s decision that Officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be indicted in Eric Garner’s death.
During the demonstration shortly before 10 p.m., protesters chanted “I can’t breathe,” referencing Garner’s words in the widely seen video of his arrest. They also chanted “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” in honor of Michael Brown, who also had a police-involved death.
Demonstrators marched through the Main Concourse of the terminal and then made their way up the escalators before going outside.
They marched onto Vanderbilt and stopped traffic, but still received support from a truck driver who was stuck in the mix.
Protesters then made their way onto Fifth Avenue and walked outside Bryant Park where they staged a short die-in on the street. They continued their march towards Times Square.
NYPD police officers were present and equipped with correction buses and zip-ties. They trailed behind protesters for much of the march.
The Wednesday evening protest came shortly after Al Sharpton held a press conference with Eric Garner's family. Sharpton expressed anger towards the grand jury's decision while Garner's wife Esaw said she will not accept Pantaleo's apology.
The group vowed to bring justice to Garner and those who died at the hands of police officers.
Earlier in the evening, dozens of protesters staged a "die-in" inside Grand Central Terminal, but reportedly left to converge with other protesters in the city before returning.