Protesters once again took to Boston streets last night to protest the decision not to indict the officer who put unarmed New York black man Eric Garner into a chokehold which which resulted in Garner’s death.
This marked the second large scale protest to organize in Boston in the last week, the first occurring the day after the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of black Ferguson, MO teen Michael Brown. Last night’s protest began to accumulate in the Common at the same time that the celebratory tree lighting ceremony was taking place. Chants could be heard in the background of the televised event, but protesters didn’t stop there. The largely peaceful protest made its way to the Park Street T station at one point, which resulted in its temporary shutdown for what was called a “die-in.” Many protesters took turns speaking on the megaphone, people saying “this is what democracy looks like,” one person reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, and another saying her thanks to the people for uniting and raising their voices.
BDCwire was on the ground for most of the night, providing live Twitter updates of the protest. In the end, the common sentiment implied that the protests are far from being over. Here are some of the images we saw from the protest: