“Black Lives Matter” protests – 13 December 2014

Margherita Mirabella

Washington, D.C. USA. 13 December 2014

The recent killings of African American men at the hands of police has unleashed a wave of protests and recriminations. In late 2014, thousands of demonstrators descended on Washington, D.C., streaming down Pennsylvania Avenue shouting “Black lives matter,” “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe” to call attention to the recent deaths.

The peaceful civil rights march led by families of the slain and organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network drew a wide range of Americans — black, white, Latino, Asian, young and elderly. They walked east toward the U.S. Capitol in a stream of colorful T-shirts, banners and signs.