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Medical Students, Activists Stage Nationwide “Die-Ins” over Eric Garner Decision

HeadlineDec 11, 2014

Protests continue nationwide one week after a grand jury chose not to indict a New York City police officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. On Wednesday, students at around 70 medical schools nationwide staged joint “die-ins,” donning white lab coats and laying their bodies on the ground. In New York City, the group Picture the Homeless staged a rally at the right-wing Manhattan Institute before a march to Penn Station, where they held a “die-in” for 11 minutes — that’s 11 for the amount of times Garner repeated his last words, “I can’t breathe.” Protesters called for the repeal of the NYPD policy known as “broken windows.”

Scott Andrew Hudson: “This is not a valid theory. It is used to harass the poor, people of color and the homeless.”

Marcus Moore: “It basically focuses on issues that’s not really a crime, where you could just get a small ticket and you don’t have to be taken down in handcuffs to central booking. It’s ridiculous.”

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