New York City protesters were caught on video chanting, “What do we want?” while another group responded “dead cops” in the continuing street disruptions following the grand jury decision not to convict the police officer who killed Eric Garner in July.
Garner — a black man — was resisting arrest when NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo — who is white — placed him in a chokehold, which is not allowed by the police department and subsequently Garner died. The last words the victim was heard saying in a amateur video were “I can’t breathe,” which have become the motto of the protests all over the country.
While the majority of the protests in NYC have been peaceful, a disturbing video surfaced revealing the chants asking for the killing of police officers. The chants reportedly took place on Saturday, after traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge — one of the main bridges in to and out of the city — came to a stand still when protesters took it over.
According to NBC News, the video shows a relatively small group of protesters going down Fifth Avenue at 32nd Street Saturday afternoon. At first the protesters are chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” (in reference to Michael Brown’s alleged words, before he was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri) the demonstrators changed their chanting to “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.”
Later on, the protesters went back to “Hands up, don’t shoot.” The video was shot at 4:30 pm, hours after two NYPD cops were hurt when a man tried to throw a garbage can at them from the Brooklyn Bridge to the pedestrian walkway below.
Baruch College adjunct professor and poet, Eric Linsker, 29, was arrested at his home in Crown Heights, early Sunday, after he fled the scene. The New York Daily News reports a police officer ordered Linsker to put the garbage can down, but he was able to escape. The suspect was arraigned on Sunday night and later released.
Prior to this weekend’s scuffle with the law, Linsker wrote anti-police poetry, laced with insults to officers.
“F*** the police/To rise as you/Disappear below current/Interpretations of observations/F*** the police,” he wrote for the online publication Adult-Mag.
Many have taken to social media to express their opposition to the NYC protesters chants suggesting people should go and kill cops.
— Scott Stolberg (@ScottStolberg) December 16, 2014
— MiddleGAPatriot (@MiddleGAPatriot) December 15, 2014
What do you think of the video showing NYC protesters chanting they want “dead cops?”
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