Holland Tunnel Protests: Eric Garner Demonstrators Try to Shut it Down; Closed by Police (Photos)
Protesters are trying to shut down the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan on Thursday night.
Photos were uploaded to Twitter of the incident.
Other demonstrators were at the Brooklyn Bridge.
NYPD officers were on the scene.
View of traffic heading into the Holland Tunnel. Well, trying to head into the tunnel. pic.twitter.com/dwVeR7NuYm
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Some protest on streets, others on social media
WASHINGTON (AP) — While marchers took to the streets to protest the lack of charges against white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, many more turned to social media to voice their objections to the grand jury decisions from their computers and mobile devices.
Two of the most-discussed social media conversations on Thursday questioned the fairness of policing in the United States: #Crimingwhilewhite: self-reported tales of white people committing crimes while police look the other way and #AliveWhileBlack, corresponding stories of harsh treatment of black people by police and authorities. Topsy, a site that offers Twitter analytics, logged more than 300,000 uses of #Crimingwhilewhite in the past day, while #Alivewhileblack had hit almost 65,000.
Other trending terms included #EricGarner and #ICantBreathe, references to victim Eric Garner and the last words he uttered as a New York police wrestled him to the ground. Celebrities, like hip hop mogul Diddy, took to Instagram to express fear and disgust.
“When I see a cop car, I don’t feel safe as a black man. When I see a cop car, I get scared. My kids get scared,” Diddy said in a video posted to his account.
A grand jury’s decision Wednesday not to bring charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who held Garner to the ground, triggered protests around the country that resulted in dozens of arrests. Twitter and other forms of social media quickly became a complement to the protests, particularly among people who shared the protesters’ sentiments but couldn’t join them for various reasons, said Meredith Clark, professor at Frank W. & Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.
“They’re using Twitter as a tool to provide support and to lend their voice to these protests when being there physically is not an option,” Clark said. Social media also provides a forum to express honest thoughts about American life, and “advance conversations in ways we haven’t seen before.”