After a grand jury’s decision Wednesday (Dec. 3) to not indict an NYPD officer in the choking death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, hundreds took to the streets in protest. Marching among the demonstrators was J. Cole.
The 29-year-old North Carolina native joined protesters as they moved through the Big Apple streets. Several areas were blocked off as demonstrations erupted in Times Square, Grand Central Station, Union Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other spots around the city.
Police were said to be prepared for the protests in light of those in Ferguson, Mo., following a non-indictment against the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Cole previously traveled to Ferguson to show respect for the slain teen.
The last couple of weeks have seen several rappers reacting to decisions in the Garner and Brown cases. OutKast member Big Boi recently joined the Universal Zulu Nation on the heels of Lil Wayne linking with the hip hop awareness group.
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