Police in New York City arrested 11 people Tuesday night outside Trump Tower, including the mother of Eric Garner, the man who died in July 2014 after an NYPD officer put him in a chokehold while trying to arrest him, and the daughter of the Rev. Al Sharpton, WNBC-TV reported.
Garner's mother, Gwenn Carr, and Sharpton's youngest daughter, Ashley Sharpton, were taken into custody along with nine other individuals who were protesting after the president's announcement of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, who sits on the Colorado-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed by the Senate, Gorsuch would fill the vacancy left nearly a year ago by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
TheNational Action Network, a liberal nonprofit organization founded by Al Sharpton, organized the protest that drew around 30 participants and lasted for about an hour outside Trump's New York City office and residence, WNBC-TV reported.
Participants were heard chanting “indivisible” and “a man of quality will never fear equality" as they marched in the street and on the sidewalk. Eleven of the roughly 30 participants were arrested for allegedly blocking traffic on New York City's posh Fifth Avenue.
“In an act of civil disobedience and in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eric Garner’s mom and others were arrested tonight … over President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch,” Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger said, according to the New York Post.
Others arrested included additional NAN staffers and at least one New York City religious leader.
The NYPD did not immediately respond when asked if any of the arrested individuals have been formally charged.
In addition to the protest outside Trump Tower, demonstrators also gathered outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
According to WUSA-TV, hundreds gathered near the steps of the high court to voice their opposition to the president's pick. Protesters held up pre-printed signs, which named Gorsuch and labeled him as "extreme and dangerous."