NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Protesters took to the streets and other public places Thursday for the second night in a row to decry a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for the death of an unarmed black man.
Demonstrators in New York marched along major thoroughfares, shutting down the Brookyln-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge and the West Side Highway. Others gathered in Foley Square near New York Police Department headquarters and city hall.
Some chanted "black lives matter," while others made reference to the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., by shouting "hands up, don't shoot."
The protests in New York and other major cities across the nation were in reaction to the death of Eric Garner.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo grabbed Garner, 43, around the neck from behind to restrain him during an incident in July. Plainclothes officers had confronted Garner, accusing him of selling untaxed cigarettes, though the father of six denied the accusation.
A witness captured video of Pantaleo coming behind Garner and putting him in a chokehold without asking for Garner's cooperation. Garner asked the officer to release him multiple times, saying "I can't breathe."
The New York Police Department's handbook says officers may not use chokeholds to restrain people, and Pantaleo was stripped of his badge and gun, and placed on desk duty. Garner's death -- which the NYPD said was due to a heart attack -- was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner.
On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury chose not to bring any criminal charges against Pantaleo after listening to months of testimony.
In addition to demonstrations in New York, crowds gathered in Washington, D.C., near the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, in the Boston Common, and on Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway, shutting down the highway.