By EVANGELINE COMEAU-KIRSCHNER, age 9

PHOTO: Kathryn Schlechter
PHOTO: Kathryn Schlechter

Massive protests erupted in New York City and nationwide after a grand jury’s decision not to indict (formally accuse) police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man in Staten Island, NY. This comes only nine days after the same ruling was announced in Ferguson, MO, about the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. Protesters have been marching through the streets, staging “die-ins” and occupying public spaces to voice their frustration with police brutality against people of color throughout the country.