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Asheville protests police murder of Eric Garner, stages die-in

By Sarah Graham |
December 6, 2014
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Asheville, NC protest against police murder of Eric Garner
Asheville, NC protest against police murder of Eric Garner (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Asheville, NC - Over 100 people marched to protest the police murder of Eric Garner, an African American man killed by a white cop in New York. A grand jury failed to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, despite a graphic video showing the police officer choke-holding Garner from behind. The large crowd in Asheville marched from the Buncombe County Courthouse to the center of downtown to rally and stage a die in against police brutality on Dec. 6. Despite the rain, protesters, led by students, chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” and “We are unstoppable, another world is possible!”

Social Work students from Western Carolina University in conjunction with Political Science students from the University of North Carolina-Asheville will host a candle light vigil to remember Eric Garner and other victims of state-sanctioned violence. The vigil will be in downtown Asheville on Dec. 7, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

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