Eric Garner memorial in Staten Island burned to the ground on MLK Jr. Day



A memorial at the spot where Eric Garner was fatally choked by a NYPD officer in Staten Island, New York, burned to the ground on Monday night.

Police suspect that a candle fell and set the memorial ablaze; lit candles surrounded the memorial. The FDNY received a call at 10:24 p.m. ET about a fire outside of 204 Bay Street on Staten Island, according to Gothamist.

Garner, a 43-year-old black man, died after Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold and other officers pinned him to the ground in Staten Island in July; Garner lost consciousness and later died. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. The high-profile police brutality case in New York ignited protests across the U.S. in December after a grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo in Garner’s death Read more…

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