- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Around 100 New York public defenders reportedly walked out of Brooklyn Criminal Court Wednesday and staged a 7-minute-long die-in, invoking the police-involved death of Eric Garner.

The protest, organized by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (ALAA), is part of the #ThisStopsToday movement, which began Dec. 10 and calls for 11 days of action — one day for each time Garner yelled “I can’t breathe” while being held by police, BuzzFeed reported.

“Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail,” the lawyers reportedly shouted during Wednesday’s demonstration.

Leah Maloney, a Legal Aid attorney, told BuzzFeed that she gets at least one or two clients a day who say they have been assaulted by police.

Another Legal Aid attorney, Anne Oredeko, added, “We encounter countless people being assaulted by police officers who get off scot-free.”

Legal Aid Attorney Roy Wasserman said, “grand juries are rigged.”

“Instead of being reprimanded, bad cops get promoted,” he told BuzzFeed.


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