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Trump Tower protest following U.S. Supreme Court pick leads to 11 arrests, cops say

Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr was detained in

Eric Garner's mother Gwen Carr was detained in front of Trump Tower during a protest on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo Credit: Reuters / Stephanie Keith

Gwen Carr was among a group of 11 protesters arrested outside of Trump Tower on Tuesday night, the NYPD said.

Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, the man who was killed on Staten Island after being held in a chokehold by police, was arrested around 10:30 p.m., cops said. Carr was rallying along with Al Sharpton's daughther, Ashley Sharpton; both were arrested for disorderly conduct in front of 725 Fifth Ave., police said.

They had been walking in the road with about 20 others, the NYPD said.

The group, which included members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network, had gathered in midtown before Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was announced at 8 p.m.

In total, 11 people – 7 men and 4 women – were charged with disorderly conduct and are required to return to court at a later date, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

The president announced Neil Gorsuch as his U.S. Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday at about 8 p.m. If confirmed, Gorsuch, filling a vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, would restore the court’s conservative majority. Gorsuch could influence court rulings on abortion, gun control and religious rights for decades. 

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