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Protests have been going on across the country for weeks now, ever since a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict a white police officer for the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man.
They were sparked again in the wake of another decision not to indict, this time in New York, where an unarmed black man died after a white police officer put him in a chokehold.
And protests continued this weekend, across the country and here in Boston, where over 1,000 people rallied on the steps of the Statehouse Saturday. There were also protests in Harvard Square and outside the Brookline Police Department, where demonstrators staged a die-in.
Where will the protests lead? Are they the start of a significant movement that could lead to real change or a deeper understanding? Or will they just die out, as some might argue the Occupy movement did three years ago?
Charles Derber, professor of sociology at Boston College.
- "Police say 23 people have been arrested as hundreds marched in Boston in a national protest of police killings of unarmed black men.Saturday’s protest was mostly peaceful. State Police say 15 men and eight women were arrested for disorderly conduct after scuffling with officers blocking an Interstate 93 on-ramp near the Nashua Street Jail."
- "Several hundred residents held a “die-in” in front of Brookline Police Department on Sunday, and hundreds more staged a separate vigil in Arlington as part of the nationwide demonstrations against police treatment of members of minority groups. The movement has grown in the wake of Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men."
This segment aired on December 15, 2014.
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