In recent weeks, organized die-ins have spread through cities all over the world, in protest of the decades long epidemic of police brutalities and fatalities. On Friday, over 100 Legal Aid attorneys walked out of Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday morning to protest the grand jury outcome in Eric Garner’s case.
“Mr. Garner was our client and we wanted to show solidarity with our clients,” said attorney Rebecca Kavanagh.
Bina Ahmed is a public defender on Staten Island.
“We see a lot of police brutality,” she explained. “We see a lot of charges of resisting arrest when people are beaten to a pulp by the NYPD, to justify the brutality”
After leaving the courthouse, the attorneys staged a ‘die-in’ on the front steps of the boroughs detention complex and a march outside District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office.