Photos by Sam Bridges and Eric Ginsburg.
Demonstrators in Greensboro mobilized rapidly on Dec. 3 in response to a grand jury decision not to indict any officers involved in the death of Eric Garner in New York City. The decision came shortly after a similar verdict in the Mike Brown case in Ferguson, Mo. Garner and Brown, both black men, were unarmed.
There have been numerous protests in Greensboro in the wake of the Ferguson decision, which touched of marches and street blockages around the country. Demonstrators in Greensboro took over South Elm Street downtown last week, shutting it down, and on Dec. 3 they took over the intersection of Elm and Market streets around 8 p.m. for the same purpose.
There have been many calls in Greensboro for greater police accountability, and despite some changes to the police complaint review process initiated by city council, many are still unsatisfied. More demonstrations are planned for later this week, including one Dec. 4 at Bennett College, and a community meeting is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Genesis Baptist Church to discuss the issue locally.
Police officers in Cleveland and New York City also recently shot and killed a 12-year old black child with a toy gun and an unarmed black man.
Watch: demonstrators celebrate at the intersection of Elm and Market streets after successfully shutting down all traffic, beginning shortly after 8 p.m. on Dec. 3.
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