Surrounded by an army of silent cops, far beneath the whirl of hovering helicopters, illuminated by an almost full moon, a crowd of thousands gathered in the chilly evening air of Foley Square to protest the non – indictment of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo whose choke hold killed an unarmed Eric Garner in August.
Bearing signs carrying messages such as “ Our Democracy Can’t Breathe”, “Death By Cop” and “Black Lives Matter”, a crowd consisting of all races and ranging in ages from babies to octogenarians stood largely speaking quietly among themselves in peaceful protest. Here and there, one heard a chant.
Somehow, despite the horrific genesis of the gathering and the seemingly endless slaughter of black men at the hands of police, there was a strange beauty and profound dignity to the event.
Home, I have received word that the crowd is on the move in the thousands.
I have heard helicopters over my home for the past two hours.
Thank you John A. for the pics.