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Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Sparks More Protests

The Short of It

For the second time in less than two weeks, a grand jury has decided not to indict a white police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man. And once again, the decision sparked protests in the streets—this time in New York City.

The Lowdown

In July, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was choked and killed by New York City policeman Daniel Pantaleo for allegedly attempting to illegally sell cigarettes in Staten Island. On Wednesday, a grand jury elected not to press charges against Pantaleo.

This case is eerily similar to what played out in Ferguson, Mo., last week, especially now that protests are erupting in New York. In Ferguson, a jury also decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson after he killed shoplifting suspect Michael Brown, 18. Protesters immediately took to the streets, violently rioting and looting businesses. Wilson has subsequently stepped down from the St. Louis police force and may face further investigation by the United States Justice Department.

In New York, the Attorney General will investigate whether Eric Garner's civil rights were violated with the use of excessive force. But that has not appeased protesters, who are poised to continue their public demonstrations today.

Garner's family is not placated by Officer Pantaleo's apology about the death. For his part, Pantaleo claims he acted within the law and never meant to kill Garner.

The Upshot

While emotions, and racial tensions, are running hot right now, here's hoping protests remain peaceful both in New York and in Ferguson.

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