Students at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University held separate “die-in” events Wednesday to protest the treatment of black suspects by white police officers that has been in the national news recently.
At UNC, students and supporters from the School of Medicine and other health care fields of study held a “die-in” at Bondurant Hall. About 100 people participated in the event.
Medical students across the country also held similar protests.
At the Duke University School of Law, protesters lay on the ground for 11 minutes, one minute for each time Eric Garner, a black man who died after an NYPD officer put him in a chokehold, said “I can't breathe.” They listened to a song, a spoken word poem, and the audio from the video of Garner's arrest.
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Law student Dexter Pearce brought his infant daughter, Esme Marie Pearce, to the event. Pearce said Esme Marie "slept through most of it."