Rallies were held around the city Thursday to mark one year since a grand jury decided not to bring charges against the officer involved in Eric Garner's death.
Once again, protesters took to the streets for Eric Garner. This time, it was to mark one year since a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer responsible for his chokehold death during an attempted arrest.
"It's the one year. Still nothing is happening here on Staten Island," said Jewel Miller, the mother of one of Eric Garner's daughters. "One year without justice. One year without an indictment."
"We are here to demand justice. We are are here to demand: indict, convict and send this killer cop Pantaleo to jail," said Travis Morales of Stop Mass Incarceration.
The encounter between the 43-year-old father of six and Officer Daniel Pantaleo was caught on cellphone video that went viral. When a grand jury decided there wasn't enough evidence to charge him for Garner's death, protests erupted all over the country.
Thursday night, Garner supporters walked the streets again, past Borough Hall, the precinct stationhouse where Pantaleo was assigned, to the courthouse and finally, to the Tompkinsville street where Garner died.
"We want an honest accountability of what happened to Eric Garner," said one protester.
A small crowd also gathered outside Gracie Mansion, with some prominent demonstrators getting arrested.
Pantaleo has been placed on modified duty. He was stripped of his gun but is still on the payroll.
Activists believe the mayor has the power to influence the NYPD in firing Pantaleo.
"One of the reasons I voted for him when he ran originally was I wanted to see and end to stop-and-frisk, I wanted to see an end to discriminatory policing," said one protester.
The Justice Department is still investigating to see if civil rights charges should be brought against Pantaleo and has, in fact, asked the NYPD to put its case on hold as the feds finish their investigation.
"He's still being paid. How is that possible? You know, when the world saw him commit this heinous act," Miller said.
Garner's family says they will protest in his honor for as long as is necessary to get justice for his death. Meanwhile, the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn has given no timeline for when it expects to wrap its case up.