Update: NY protests over US police violence free of arrests: spokesman

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (PNA/Sputnik) — There have been no arrests or reports of police violence during the weekend protests against police brutality in New York, a metropolitan police spokesman has told Sputnik.

“We have not had any arrests. The protest has been very peaceful, this far. We expect things to go very peacefully for the rest of the evening,” a New York police spokesman said Saturday, refusing, however, to provide any additional information or give crowd estimates.

Thousands of Americans gathered in Washington Square Park in Manhattan Saturday to march in protest against police violence in the United States.

The protest, called the “Day of Anger” is the latest in a series of nation-wide demonstrations held in the country in the past few months over the Brown and Garner cases.

Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African-American street peddler selling untaxed cigarettes, died from a chokehold by white police officer Daniel Pantaleo in New York on July 19. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American teenager, was shot and killed by white policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9.

At the end of November a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Wilson. Two weeks later a grand jury in New York announced that it would not bring charges against Pantaleo. The jury decisions led to massive protests across the United States. (PNA/Sputnik)