Benjamin Carr, Eric Garner's stepfather, was very displeased with the decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer involved in his stepson’s death, but he knew that he had to show people the right way to respond.
According to ABC, Carr was captured on camera several times after Wednesday’s grand jury announcement calming down protesters and urging them to keep the peace. This obviously stood in stark contrast to the reaction of Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, who urged protesters to “burn this b*tch down” after a Missouri grand jury opted not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of his son.
Carr, on the other hand, took a different approach. When a protester drove by, rolled down his window and began screaming in a fit of rage regarding what had transpired, Carr calmed him down.
Earlier in the day, right after the grand jury decision came down, Carr acknowledged that his family was hurt by the announcement, but also said that he didn’t want to see any of the violent riots that have occurred recently.
Source: ABC / Photo Credit: ABC Screenshot, Seth Wenig/AP