By Glenn McEntyre, WBNS – 10TV, December 4, 2014.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Outrage over Eric Garner’s deadly confrontation with New York City police has sparked protests across the country, including in Columbus.
Protestors say Ohio has its own examples of police force that ended in the deaths of young black people.
And, they are demanding changes from Ohio’s Attorney General.
It is painful to watch the final moments of Eric Garner’s life: taken to the ground by New York City police, an officer’s arm at his throat, as Garner gasps for air.
Eleven times he chokes out his final, haunting words: “I can’t breathe.” His plea for help on a Staten Island sidewalk was today in downtown Columbus a call to arms.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” was the chant of approximately 50 protestors outside the Rhodes Tower that is home to the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
“A few months ago we came right to this same building, and we let our Attorney General Mike DeWine know that there needs to be some immediate changes in policy and protocol in the way these police interact with our people. Right? But he turned his back on us,” said Marshawn McCarrel of the Ohio Student Association. “And in turn, we got a 12-year-old body.”…read more.