Written by Bella Dalima
05 Dec, 2014 | 4:26 pm
The US Justice Department’s announcement that it would open a civil rights investigation into the chokehold death of Eric Garner has raised hopes among many that the federal government will succeed in obtaining an indictment where Staten Island prosecutors failed.
But legal experts cautioned that federal prosecutors often face difficulties in proving a criminal civil rights case against police officers.
Meanwhile, the outpouring of public anger on the streets of New York and other major cities across the US, continued for a second night.
Many fear that what is happening right now is, Ferguson Riots 2.0
Outrage over the failure of district attorneys in Missouri and New York to obtain Indictments against police officers who killed unarmed black men have fueled accusations that prosecutors won’t bring charges against officers they depend on daily.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Washington to express their outrage over the outcomes of two cases involving the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.
Chanting “No justice. No peace. No racist police,” they marched past the U.S. Justice Department, passing near the White House and then to the Washington Monument where they stage a “die-in” with protesters laying in the street.
Aerial views of the city showed protesters and police in a standoff in the middle of one street.
At one point, protesters could be seen surrounding several police cars.
Tensions rose as a crowd of at least 3,000 congregated in Times Square, New York, about an hour before midnight, shouting at police, “Who do you protect?” as hundreds more officers moved in steadily to force protesters back onto sidewalks.
There were a number of arrests, but no overt outbursts of violence.
In an Interview with CNN, Eric Garner’s daughter said her father would be glad to see people of all races and backgrounds coming together to protest the decision.
She added that “This is not a black and white issue.”
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