One Saturday December 13, 2014, over 30,000 people marched in New York City protesting the decisions of grand juries who decided not to charge police officers with murder. The protesters met at Washington Square park and marched down the streets.
NYPD officials let them march without arresting anyone. This has been the new policy under Mayor DiBlasio who want the people to exercise their freedom of speech and assembly without permits as long as they do so peacefully and without obstructing major roads.
The march was peaceful for the most part. A professor from my alma mater, CUNY, was arrested for alledgely trying to throw a garbage can. Others were arrested as well when they tried to prevent cops from arresting the adjunct professor of English.
Ironically, Washington Square park used to be a place where African Americans and others were
hung to death and left there as a display. The land itself was used as a potter’s field and contains the remains of over 20,000 people who lived centuries ago.
Some people placed signs that read “I can’t breathe,” echoing the cry of Eric Garner. Perhaps this was done to connect the past with the present since African Slaves were hung there and hanging does prevent breathing.
The people have had enough and want change. It seems that we will continue to see these demonstrations until change does occur.