Protestors block traffic in Public Square over Eric Garner decision

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About 30 people gathered on Public Square on Thursday to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York City officer in the choking death of Eric Garner.

During an incident on July 17, Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner, 43, in a chokehold. Garner was suspected of illegally selling cigarettes and repeatedly told officers he couldn’t breathe. The medical examiner’s office said Garner died of compressions to the neck and chest, ruling his death a homicide.

On Wednesday, a grand jury decided there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against Pantaleo, sparking major protests in New York City.

At 3 p.m., demonstrators blocked the street in Public Square, forcing police to temporarily divert traffic. About an hour later, they dispersed, but said they would be back Friday.

The same group of protestors blocked traffic last week on the Shoreway, causing rush-hour delays. That rally was in response to the situation in Ferguson and the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

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