A group of around 30 protesters blocked traffic on the Staten Island Expressway this morning for seven minutes, which is the amount of time Eric Garner spent unresponsive on a Staten Island sidewalk before receiving medical attention after his rough arrest.
Protesters unfurled banners bearing the names of Mike Brown and Eric Garner across Brooklyn-bound traffic at around 9:30 a.m.
— El Barrio Tours (@Elbarriotours) December 8, 2014
— Shirin Barghi (@shebe86) December 8, 2014
— Shay Horse (@HuntedHorse) December 8, 2014
Eric Garner protests have reportedly shut down the Verrazano Bridge in New York City - JamesFTInternet https://t.co/7F9rQVQNw3
— Meshelly (@MeshellyGeorge) December 8, 2014
While many are claiming that the protest "shut down" the Verrazano Bridge, MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg says this isn't the case: "Nobody shut down the bridge in either direction. Traffic to Brooklyn continued to flow from four on-ramps."
An NYPD spokeswoman said that the protesters had dispersed by the time police responded, and that there were no arrests.
Still, the protest was disruptive, as these Twitter users note in their own nuanced way.
— Andrew Murray (@andrewmurrrayy) December 8, 2014
What is the reason to be blockading the Verrazano bridge? People have lives and work to get to. Stupid, ignorant, classless people.
— Joey Lama (@joeyylama) December 8, 2014
Shutting down Verrazano bridge? Not sure why you are punishing people who have no control over situation #stupid
— Fenella (@FVays) December 8, 2014
Though it was not disruptive enough for some.
We're Showing The NYPD That If They Do Something Like This Again, We're Shutting Down The Verrazano Bridge For 7 Min. That's No Punishment.
— 〽ula™ (@MyLifeAsMula) December 8, 2014
Demonstrators protesting against the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case and Mayor de Blasio's failure to condemn it are also expected to show up outside Barclays Center tonight, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will see the Nets play the Cavs. Protests will likely continue this week leading up to the Millions March in Washington Square Park on Saturday afternoon.