A small group of demonstrators snarled Monday morning rush-hour traffic on the FDR Drive to protest Eric Garner’s chokehold death — as officer Daniel Pantaleo’s administrative trial got underway at police headquarters.
About half a dozen people blocked the southbound lane of the FDR Drive near East 23rd Street around 9:30 a.m., standing in the middle of the roadway and holding signs referencing Eric Garner and Pantaleo, according to police and pictures posted on Twitter.
“Just saw three activists singlehandley blocking the FDR with their bodies with a sign about #EricGarner,” the tweet read.
Video that was also posted on Twitter shows the group standing in the middle lanes, as vehicles crawl to a halt.
Police said the group dispersed when cops arrived. No arrests were immediately made.
Pantaleo is being prosecuted by the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent city agency that probes allegations of police abuse, for his involvement in Garner’s choking death in Staten Island in 2014. Pantaleo has been on desk duty since.
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