5. Protests erupt in wake of Ferguson and New York grand-jury decisions

. The decision by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown sparked outrage around the country, including Baltimore, where groups led mass demonstrations that blocked I-83 and other streets around the city. A week later, after a New York grand jury opted not to indict Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner despite a widely circulated video showing the African-American man gasping "I can't breathe" while in a police chokehold, protests erupted again. This time hundreds disrupted the annual Washington Monument Lighting ceremony. Time will tell, but for many veteran activists, it felt like the begining of a new chapter in Baltimore's long history of social movements mobilizing to change the status quo. (Evan Serpick)
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