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D.C. Council Staffers Walk Out, Show Solidarity With Protesters

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    Dozens of D.C. Council staffers walked out of the Wilson Building Tuesday to show their solidarity with protesters who've called attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.

    Staffers stood on the steps of the Wilson Building holding their hands up and chanting, "Black Lives Matter."

    "It matters because it could be me, it could be my son. I think about my son everyday when he goes to school, and he's never been in trouble before," said staffer Marquez Clifford.

    Protests — some violent — have occurred around the nation since grand juries last month declined to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

    D.C. Council Staffers Stage Walk Out

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    Dozens of D.C. Council staffers walked out of the Wilson Building Tuesday to show their solidarity with protesters who've called attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014)

    Last week, congressional staffers left their jobs and stood on the steps of the Capitol holding their hands up.

    Days later, thousands of protesters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue and to the Capitol.

    While protesters rallied in Washington over the weekend, other groups marched up Fifth Avenue in New York City and hundreds took to the street in Boston to protest against the killings.

    Politicians and others have talked about the need for better police training, body cameras and changes in the grand jury process to restore faith in the legal system.