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New Canaan High Students Protest Grand Jury Ruling On Eric Garner's Death

Protests erupt at New Canaan High School after a New York Grand Jury decided not to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner.
Protests erupt at New Canaan High School after a New York Grand Jury decided not to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner. Photo Credit: File

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- More than 100 New Canaan High School students walked out of classes on Thursday, Dec. 4, to protest the decision by a grand jury to not indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, according to a report by The Stamford Advocate.

Students, who walked while school was in session, carried signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and shouted "I can't breathe," the last words spoken by Garner as he was placed in a chokehold that led to his death, the report said. 

The students also staged a "die-in" in the parking lot outside of the school, the Advocate said. A smaller group marched to police department headquarters on South Avenue, the report said.

The leaders of the protest said they did not blame New Canaan police, but they wanted to make a statement among the many protests that erupted after the decision, the Advocate said. 

To read the full report and see photos of the students in the Advocate, click here.

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