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#2 Racial Discrimination

Race came to the forefront of American headlines in 2014 after two black men died at the hands of white police officers. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9 prompting weeks of violent protests in the streets. Wilson allegedly shot Brown fearing his own life was at risk. When a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, protests reignited across the country, though most remained peaceful.

Eric Garner, 43, died on July 17 after NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo reportedly held him in a chokehold which constricted his chest and neck. Garner, who had been resisting arrest for selling individual cigarettes on the street, is believed to have said, “I can’t breathe,” multiple times before he died.

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