1-23-15 I Marched in the 4 Mile March NYC Against Police Brutality on The Martin Luther King Day 2015
Angered by Eric Garner’s wrongful death at the hands of rogue NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, I headed to a march against police brutality on Martin Luther King Day. We made it to Union Square around 2:30pm where several people were speaking before there was a four minute “Die In”. We all lay down on the sidewalk and someone nearby sang what sounded like an old spiritual, while people repeated “I can’t breathe” and others counted off up to 11 only to start again at 1. I joined in, saying “I can’t breathe” over and over. And that’s when I truly realized how many times Eric Garner said he couldn’t breathe. And Office Pantaleo didn’t listen to him. What a disgrace.
So it was good to see so much press at Union Square, letting people to know what was happening.
After the “Die In” we all marched four miles down Broadway. I was amazed and touched to see a man in a wheelchair chanting and marching along with us. And it felt so good to express my outrage at Garner’s death along with so many other like-minded citizens. It was empowering. I also thought about how lucky we were to be able to protest and verbalize our collective anger and frustration without being attacked by the police, like in many other countries. And I have to note that the attending NYPD police officers at the 4 Mile March were professional.
As we walked down Broadway, it was wild to see New York City from the street.
I brought my Canon 5D Mark II camera and Nikon 28mm 2.8 lens and took photos as we marched:
P.S. Here’s a Gawker.com article with details on all the unarmed African Americans have been killed by police since 1999.