Campus Martius die-in to be held at 12:03 p.m. today after grand jury doesn't indict officer in Eric Garner chokehold case

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Campus Martius die-in to be held at 12:03 p.m. today after grand jury doesn't indict officer in Eric Garner chokehold case
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Activists in Detroit will hold a die-in at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit today after a grand jury in Staten Island decided not to indict a white police officer who placed 43-year-old Eric Garner in a chokehold, which resulted in his death.

The peaceful protest, where participants drop to the ground in unison and simulate death, will happen at 12:03 p.m. Garner, who is black, died in July during an altercation with several police officers who tried arresting him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. Garner, a father of six who was unarmed, was locked in a chokehold by 29-year-old Officer Daniel Pantaleo, a decision the medical examiner cited as part of the reason he died. 

A video of the incident includes Garner's last words: "I can't breathe," which he says several times. 

The grand jury's decision in New York comes just over a week after a grand jury in Gerson, Missouri chose not to indict another white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, earlier this year. 


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Ryan Felton

Ryan Felton was born in 1990 and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Livonia. In 2009, after a short stint at Eastern Michigan University, he moved to Detroit where he has remained ever since. After graduating from Wayne State University’s journalism program, he went on to work as a staff writer...
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