NYPD supporters congregated outside of City Hall wearing black “I Can Breathe” sweatshirts, clashing with anti-police brutality protesters who were at the same location.
The supporters’ hooded sweatshirts with the words “I Can Breathe, Thanks To The NYPD” printed on them were a direct twist on what has become an anthem for protesters against police brutality, “I Can’t Breathe.”
The anti-police brutality protesters use the “I Can’t Breathe” slogan because they were Eric Garner’s last words before he died during an altercation with police. The decision to not indict the NYPD officer responsible has sparked multiple protests across the country.
(via The New York Daily News)
The Washington Times reports there were roughly 100 protesters present. It is believed the NYPD supporters were outnumbered 2 to 1.
“Don’t resist arrest,” was shouted by the NYPD supporters every time protesters screamed, “I can’t breathe.”
The anti-police brutality protestors then moved onto the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, with plans to take their message to Brooklyn, reports The New York Daily News.
Their actions caused massive traffic delays, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
The NYPD supporters are not the first to present an alternative slogan in response to the "I Can’t Breathe" campaign.
Mishawaka Police Officer Jason Barthel has been selling T-shirts from his store, South Bend Uniform, that read, “Breathe easy, don’t break the law.”