Another killer with a badge walks free and we can’t breathe.
Shortly before being suffocated to death by New York City police, Eric Garner declared “It stops today,” but it hasn’t. Across the country, the justice system has failed to hold police accountable, so on December 4, thousands of peaceful demonstrators gathered in Boston for the city's largest protest in recent memory.
The #EnoughIsEnough protest was sparked by a grand jury’s refusal to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was caught on video choking Eric Garner to death, but protesters hoped to put that case in the context of a wider system of unaccountable police violence that disproportionately affects black Americans.
The size of the protest and the tactic of splitting up and regrouping all over the city made it impossible to document everything that happened during the protest, so this video is only meant to shows some of the highlights of what we saw.
The protest was primarily peaceful, but there were a few shoving matches between police and protesters at different points during the night. A small number of arrests took place, a few of which we witnessed. There was also an incident where a Massachusetts state trooper pepper sprayed a man for no apparent reason, which is not featured in this video.
You can read more about the protest here.