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Eric Garner's Mom Arrested at Anti-Trump Protest, Organizers Say

By Aidan Gardiner | February 1, 2017 8:38am

MANHATTAN — The mother of Eric Garner was among 11 people arrested for disorderly conduct while protesting the president at Trump Tower on Tuesday night, police and organizers said.

Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, was lead away by an NYPD officer with her hands bound behind her along with Ashley Sharpton, the youngest daughter of Al Sharpton, and other activists, according to National Action Network organizers.

The protesters had gathered to condemn Donald Trump and his nominee to the Supreme Court outside the president's eponymous tower at 725 Fifth Ave., near East 56th Street, organizers said.

Carr, whose son's death at the hands of an NYPD officer sparked waves of protests nationwide, was charged with disorderly conduct along with 10 others, a police spokesman said Wednesday morning.

They were all given desk appearance tickets, he added.

The Manhattan protest coincided with a similar gathering of at least 1,000 in Park Slope near Sen. Chuck Schumer's home, chiding the senate minority leader for not standing up to President Trump strongly enough.

There were no arrests at that demonstration, an NYPD spokesman said.

During a television appearance Wednesday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio said people should expect frequent protests around Trump's hometown throughout his presidency.

"It's going to be a time where there's going to be a lot of strong feelings and for good reason," the mayor said on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

He also praised the NYPD, saying they've professionally handled recent demonstrations.

De Blasio pointed out that the president didn't win the nation's popular vote and that his recent controversial executive orders could be the first steps toward policies that directly target Muslims and immigrants.

"I can't read his mind, but if we take him too lightly, we will regret it," the mayor said.

"We'd be fools to think otherwise. This is certainly the first step."