Nationwide protests against police officers’ use of force that caused the deaths of African-Americans Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice and others continued for the third night Friday after a grand jury announced its decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer whose chokehold led to Garner's death. Protesters marched through New York, Miami, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles and other cities.
Marchers in various cities shouted, "Hands up, don't shoot," according to social media reports on Twitter and Instagram. About 1,000 protesters marched through Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts in an event organized through Facebook, the Wall Street Journal reported. More than 100 protesters in New York lay silently outside Apple's Fifth Avenue store near Central Park, while others demonstrated in New York's Grand Central Station and Union Square. About 100 protesters in New Orleans laid around a Christmas tree in a mall, according to a local newspaper. And demonstrators in Jefferson City, Missouri, held a rally inside the state capitol, hosted by the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), after walking 130 miles from Ferguson, where Brown died, ABC News reported.
Twitter users posted the hashtags #EricGarner, #ICantBreathe, #MikeBrown, #NoJusticeNoPeace, #PoliceRunState and others to sort their photos and videos of protesters staging “die-ins” by laying on streets, sidewalks, college campuses, storefronts and other highly trafficked areas.
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