Anger over the US Department of Justice's decision not to prosecute Daniel Pantaleo (photo), the New York police officer who murdered Eric Garner in 2014, forced angry protesters to visit the officer's house Wednesday night
Anger over the decision by the US Department of Justice not to prosecute the New York police officer who had murdered Eric Garner in 2014 forced angry protesters to visit the police house Wednesday in the pouring rain.
Grief over the controversial statement by Attorney General William Barr appointed by Trump was furious long ago, emotions seemingly manifested by the heavy downpour, rumbling thunder and lightning bolts that lit the pitch black air in the quiet subdivision of Staten Island where Officer Daniel Pantaleo lives.
The passionate group of about 100 activists secretly traveled to the location, but a large group of NYPD officers, some with riot shields, were there to greet them.
& # 39; He must be scared everywhere! We will find you, Pantaleo! & # 39; the demonstrators sang as they marched through the neighborhood.
An estimated 100 demonstrators tried to approach the Pantaleo residence on Wednesday evening, but were cut off by dozens of NYPD officers
The officers stood shoulder to shoulder and tacitly blocked protesters from approaching Pantaleo & # 39; s property
The activists said they were angry about the recently announced decision by the US Department of Justice not to prosecute Pantaleo
The group said they wanted to send a message to Pantaleo, the agent on video who placed Garner in a banned chokehold on July 17, 2014, as well as the rest of the NYPD and other alleged bad agents throughout the nation who target, abuse and unnecessarily killing people of color – if the legal system does not hold you accountable, the activist community will find other ways to do this.
& # 39; This is a message for all of you! You can find us all in the same way! We can find you! & # 39; a furious and rain-soaked Kim Ortiz from the NYC protest group Shut It Down shouted at the silent row of police officers who stood shoulder to shoulder behind the yellow police band and forbade activists to come closer to officer Pantaleo's house.
& # 39; You, you, you, you! & # 39; another activist added as she pointed to each individual officer.
& # 39; No more, & # 39; Hands up! Do not shoot! & # 39; & # 39; Ortiz continued. & # 39; You all have addresses! All of them! Alright?! And we will appear every f * ckin & # 39; time! & # 39;
Some of Pantaleo's neighbors opened their front doors and shouted at the protesters, who shouted and cursed at them.
& # 39; No justice no peace! F * ck this racist police! & # 39; They cried. & # 39; No more pigs in our community! From the pigs! No more comrades in prison! Pigs are going to catch hell! & # 39;
Pantaleo never came out of his house, decorated with a Blue Lives Matter flag, to address the crowd, who came and left without making arrests.
Earlier that evening the demonstrators were at Jewel Miller (center), the mother of Eric Garner's youngest child, Legacy, 5, when she confronted the police who were outside the 51st district on Staten Island, where Pantaleo still works
Officers stand on the steps of the 51st district on Staten Island while protesters shout at them
Earlier that evening, the demonstrators were at Jewel Miller's, Eric Garner's youngest child's, Legacy, when she confronted the police who were outside of 51st district on Staten Island, where Pantaleo is still working.
She reminded the officers that Legacy Garner had been murdered after Eric Garner and had never had the opportunity to meet Father.
& # 39; My daughter is five! F * ck all of you! Death to all of you, mothers! & # 39; Miller shouted at a group of four officers standing on the doorstep of the police station. & # 39; You are here with your f * ckin & # 39; job, and your f * ckin & # 39; retirement, and you go to your mother's home every evening & # 39 ;! & # 39;
Now that criminal charges against Pantaleo are no longer possible, protesters said they hope their protests will put political pressure on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is running a longshot campaign for president, to force the city's police chief to force Pantaleo from the firing force.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is under pressure to force his police commissioner to fire Pantaleo
Activists said on Thursday that they were trying to force the hand of the mayor, saying he has no chance of being president unless Pantaleo is forced from the force
Presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has experienced similar pressure from activists in his town as another controversial police murder of a black resident.
& # 39; If the Blasio wants a small hope for a president, he must first take care of himself & # 39 ;, said Democrat Danielle Yhap. & # 39; There is still hope. & # 39;
De Blasio has declined responsibility for the decision of his police chief, James O & Neill, announced in August, while blaming the US Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama as well as Donald Trump for not acting in the case.
& # 39; The mistake was that I believed the justice department would do its job & # 39 ;, de Blasio told CBS New York. & # 39; I do not give an opinion because I respect that this process must play …
& # 39; I feel very strong as someone who wants to become president. What leaders do is look at our legal system, look at what matters, because our institutions work for people and not for political gain, & # 39; the mayor continued. & # 39; Being a leader requires a lot of self-control and being a leader requires a lot of patience. & # 39;
The city police commissioner declined to comment on the disciplinary hearing in Pantaleo, "to ensure the integrity of the investigation," CBS New York reported.
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