NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- After the popularization of the "I can't breath" shirts and signs, pro-NYPD protesters are now displaying "I can breath" shirts.
"I can't breathe" is said to be Eric Garner's last words, the 43-year-old black man who died after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo grabbed him around his neck and brought him to the ground. Activists have used the phrase on signs and shirts during protests, and shirts featuring the phrase have even been worn publicly by famous athletes like Lebron James.
A small crowd of roughly 100 people gathered in support of the NYPD on Friday and wore the "I can breath" shirts, some displaying signs explaining police risk their lives to protect the city and that they believe they should be respected.
Roughly 200 other activists arrived to protest police brutality, displaying the familiar "black lives matter" and "I can't breathe" signs and shirts.