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Congressional Staffers Walk Out In Protest Of Michael Brown, Eric Garner Cases

The staffers raised their hands on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., to show solidarity with protesters and families of the black men who were killed by white police officers.

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Dozens of congressional staffers walked off the job Thursday afternoon to protest the lack of charges against the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The walkout was organized by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association, the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, and the Congressional Black Associates. Senate Chaplain Barry Black led staffers in prayer outside the Capitol.

Senate chaplain Barry Black currently leading a walk-out of Congressional staffers in support of Ferguson/Garner cases. Very powerful orator

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Senate chaplain Barry Black currently leading a walk-out of Congressional staffers in support of Ferguson/Garner cases. Very powerful orator

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Prayer on steps of Capital"Remind us earth has no sorry that heaven can not heal!"

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Prayer on steps of Capital"Remind us earth has no sorry that heaven can not heal!"

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The crowd dispersed following the prayer. Staffers from both sides of the aisle and several U.S. representatives had joined the protest.

Merging from both sides of Congress staff members gather to call for #justice @handsupunited_ #worldiswatching

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Merging from both sides of Congress staff members gather to call for #justice @handsupunited_ #worldiswatching

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A larger protest of police brutality is planned for Saturday at the Capitol and will be led by Rev. Al Sharpton.

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Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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