By Francesca Trianni
December 4, 2014

Protesters expressed outrage on the streets of New York City Wednesday night after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer over the controversial death of Staten Island man Eric Garner in July.

In the Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island, in Times Square and in Union Square, crowds chanted “I can’t breathe” — the same words Garner uttered as he was wrestled to the ground by officer Daniel Pantaleo what appeared to be a banned chokehold.

The demonstrations come just after a week a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict a white police officer in another racially charged killing of a black man. The decision in that case ignited waves of violence in Ferguson, with businesses burned and looted.

As of Wednesday evening, about 30 protesters were arrested in New York City, with more arrests likely to come, according to a statement to CNN by New York police chief William Bratton.

Write to Francesca Trianni at francesca.trianni@time.com.

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