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Media coverage of Eric Garner case reveals a deeply divided country

In America, being #AliveWhileBlack makes you more of a police target than #CrimingWhileWhite

“I can’t breathe.” Those were among of the last words of Eric Garner, which are now being repurposed in the peaceful protests that continued Thursday after a Staten Island jury decided not to indict Officer Pantaleo in Garner’s death.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with actor and political activist Gbenga Akinnagbe (from HBO’s “The Wire”) and political analyst Zerlina Maxwell to talk about public reactions to the grand jury’s decision. For Maxwell, who holds a law degree, the decision “is stunning. It’s absolutely shocking,” she told Menendez. On social media, many took to Twitter to air their frustrations using #CrimingWhileWhite and #AliveWhileBlack to express personal run-ins with police.

In America, being #AliveWhileBlack makes you more of a police target than #CrimingWhileWhite

“I can’t breathe.” Those were among of the last words of Eric Garner, which are now being repurposed in the peaceful protests that continued Thursday after a Staten Island jury decided not to indict Officer Pantaleo in Garner’s death.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with actor and political activist Gbenga Akinnagbe (from HBO’s “The Wire”) and political analyst Zerlina Maxwell to talk about public reactions to the grand jury’s decision. For Maxwell, who holds a law degree, the decision “is stunning. It’s absolutely shocking,” she told Menendez. On social media, many took to Twitter to air their frustrations using #CrimingWhileWhite and #AliveWhileBlack to express personal run-ins with police.

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