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Protests Erupt In Multiple Cities After Garner Grand Jury Decision

Protests broke out following the decision by a grand jury on Wednesday to not indict a New York police officer for the death of Eric Garner.

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Protesters shout at Times Square after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.

A grand jury cleared the white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him. The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found that a chokehold contributed to it.

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Protesters march in New York City's Times Square on Dec. 3.

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Image: Demonstrators Gather In Philadelphia To Protest Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision

A demonstrator cries while gathering in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall, on Dec. 3.

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Image: People Protest over no indictment in Eric Garner's chokehold case in New York City

Police arrest a woman sitting in the street during a protest in midtown Manhattan, Dec. 3.

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Image: Demonstrators block the West Side Highway during a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner, in New York

Demonstrators block the West Side Highway during a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner, in New York, on Dec. 3.

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Image: People take part in a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner in midtown Manhattan in New York

People take part in a protest in midtown Manhattan in New York.

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Image: NYPD police stand guard on the West Side Highway as protestors block traffic after the jury verdict in the death of Eric Garner, in New York

NYPD police stand guard on the West Side Highway as protesters block traffic after the grand jury verdict in the death of Eric Garner, in New York, on Dec. 3.

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A group of protesters with signs, rear, rally against the decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner as they mix with spectators near Rockefeller Center during a ceremony to light the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, in New York City.

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Image: A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a 'die-in' during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York

A police officer stands over activists demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a 'die-in' during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York.

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Image: People Protest No Indictment in Eric Garner Chokehold Case

Protesters block 15th Street near Pennsylvania Avenue to protest the Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the Eric Garner chokehold case, in Washington, on Dec. 3.

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Image: People Protest over no indictment in Eric Garner's chokehold case in Atlanta, Georgia

Protesters block a road during a protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner in Atlanta, Ga., on Dec. 3.

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Image: People visit the makeshift memorial where Eric Garner died during an arrest in July, at the Staten Island borough of New York

People visit the makeshift memorial where Eric Garner died during an arrest in July, in Staten Island, on Dec. 3.

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