Hundreds of protesters staged a mass protest blocking Nassau Street in Princeton in a show of condemnation for official inaction in response the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island.
Protesters across the nation continue to take to the streets, marching, chanting, and demanding change.
The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
The Ferguson police Officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson fired his gun 12 times but a grand jury refused to indict him.
A St. Louis County grand jury of nine white and three black members heard 70 hours of testimony from 60 witnesses and three medical examiners before declining to indict Wilson on Monday in Brown’s death. Their decision touched off riots and looting in the streets of Ferguson and St. Louis, and protests nationwide.
Another grand jury declined to prosecute a white police officer who killed an unarmed African-American in New York City.
On July 17, police in Staten Island confronted 43-year-old Eric Garner, who they accused of illegally selling loose cigarettes.
A video of the ensuing altercation showed NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo using an illegal chokehold on Garner, who cried out at least 11 times, “I can’t breathe!”
A second video shows that after the confrontation, police officers involved in the incident milling around as Garner lies, unmoving, on the sidewalk for seven minutes. The medical examiner called Garner’s death a homicide.
John Crawford III, a 22-year-old black man was holding a toy gun he had taken off a shelf in an Ohio Walmart while talking on his cellphone when he was fatally shot by police.
Disturbing surveillance video was released after a grand jury found the officers’ actions were justified.
Crawford was not pointing the toy gun at children or police officers when he was first show and it appears that he dropped it before the second, fatal shot was fired by police.
Surveillance footage showed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old, playing with a pellet gun, kicking snow and making snowballs outside a recreation center in Cleveland, Ohio on November 22, 2014.
The African-American child was gunned down by Cleveland Officer Timothy Loehmann, a policeman with a questionable record, who works for a department that has exhibited a pattern of violating the constitutional rights of citizens with excessive force, poor training, and a lack of accountability.
Loehmann, 26, and his partner, Officer Frank Garmback, 46, apparently failed to provide any medical attention to the innocent boy for at least four minutes as he lay bleeding, according to the playground video.
A 911-caller reported that he believed the child had a fake weapon, but that information wasn’t transmitted to responding Officers who shot the child within two seconds of arriving at the scene.
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