100+ Congressional Staffers Stage Walk-Out for Garner, Brown

Dozens participate, hold their hands up
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2014 3:55 PM CST
Congressional Staffers Stage Walk-Out for Garner, Brown
Picture tweeted by the Congressional Black Caucus.   (Twitter)

In protest of the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, dozens of congressional staffers walked out of the Capitol this afternoon, NPR reports. They stood on the steps of Capitol Hill holding their hands up in the gesture that has come to symbolize Brown's death. The Congressional Black Caucus, which organized the walk-out, tweeted images of the event. ABC puts the number of protesters at more than 100, and notes that several black lawmakers were among them.

"We're proud to have this moment of solidarity with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the thousands of peaceful protesters around the country who are telling this country that black lives matter," a staffer who was helping to plan the event told CNN ahead of the walk-out. The Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association also helped to plan the protest. (More Eric Garner stories.)

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