WASHINGTON D.C. (WTNH) — Protesters descended on major cities around the country this weekend by the thousands, all in the name of justice for black men who died at the hands of police. The families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner were joined by Trayvon Martin’s family for the march in the capital.
For the most part the movement was peaceful, but there were instances of violence reported. Police in New York say a pair of officers were assaulted on the Brooklyn Bridge while they attempted to arrest a man, and another man was arrested in Boston for attacking an officer.
Around the nation, the protesters chanted “I can’t breathe.” Those were the final words of Eric Garner who died in July after a move by police. Police say it was a “takedown” move, others are calling it a “chokehold.”
There has been a growing protest movement around the country since two grand juries decided against indicting the officer involved in Garner’s death and the officer involved in Michael Brown’s August death.