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Protesters take to Public Square after NY cop is not indicted for man's death

Demonstrators show their dissatisfaction after NY cop is not indicted.  (Source: WOIO) Demonstrators show their dissatisfaction after NY cop is not indicted. (Source: WOIO)
Following a grand jury's decision to not indict a NY officer for the death of a Staten Island man, protesters nationwide take to the streets, including right here in Cleveland.

On December 4, a group gathered in downtown at Public Square to display their dissatisfaction.

In July Eric Garner, who was 43-years-old, died in police custody when officers attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

Cellphone video of the incident went viral.  In it Garner could be heard saying he couldn't breathe as he was taken down and "subdued" in a chokehold when he refused to be handcuffed.

The father of six died a short time later.

The incident and similar accounts of Black males being killed by White officers around the country has led to groups nationwide toting signs with the message of "Black Lives Matter".  

The subject draws a division between those who feel officers are abusing their authority and target African Americans, and those who believe that the deaths are simply a result of non-compliance with law enforcement and preservation of the lives of officers.

Protesters at Public Square reportedly blocked the roads for a short time, a practice which is becoming more common during demonstrations.

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