A community group on Staten Island called Port Richmond Proud talked about Garner's death at its monthly dinner.
They say the NYPD needs to make some institutional changes so something like this never happens again.
"I don't know how to change it, but this man's life was worth less than that 50 cent cigarette he was selling and that's what we have to change—that it never happens again and that the value of life be lifted up," said Rev. Terry Troia, Executive Director of Project Hospitality.
Garner's death was also discussed on a Twitter Town Hall organized by the group Million Hoodies for Justice.
Organizers say it was a good outlet for people to express their feelings and discuss what can be done.
"I didn't know what to do actually. I really didn't. And I think a lot of folks also felt that and I think that was also what was resonant tonight. And we wanted to...the motivation for doing this was that we wanted to really channel that energy into something more productive," said Dante Barry, Deputy Director of Million Hoodies for Justice.
The Million Hoodies Movement for Justice was established in response to the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin.