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Congressional staffers protest Brown, Garner cases

Congressional staffers filed out of the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and put their hands up in a show of support for Michael Brown and Eric Garner. They were protesting both cases' grand jury decisions to not indict the police officers who killed unarmed black men.

Dozens participated in the protest orchestrated by the Congressional Black Associates, NPR reports. A handful of legislators also made their way down for the walkout, including Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas).

"We're proud to have this moment of solidarity with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the thousands of peaceful protesters around the country who are telling this country that black lives matter," one staffer told CNN.