Congressional Staffers Join Protest Of Police Killings As They WalkOut

Capitol Hill Employees Stage Walkout Protest Over Recent Grand Jury DecisionsDozens of congressional staffers walked out of their offices Thursday afternoon to show solidarity with demonstrators who are protesting the decisions not to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The walkout was planned by the Congressional Black Associates, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association.

Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas), who took part in the demonstration, told The Huffington Post that the protest represented

“the best of American democracy.”

He said he hoped the effort had bipartisan support, and pointed out that a majority of Americans now support some reforms, like having body cameras on police, even in places “thought to be conservative,” like

2014 walkoutJust after 3:30 p.m., the staffers stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with their hands raised in the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture.

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