Sit-Ins By: Donny Paglia

A sit-in is one type of peaceful protest. The type of protest was used commonly in the civil rights movement, and is still used today. This is a peaceful protest because a sit-in's purpose is to raise awareness about a topic without causing any violence. A sit-in is also a very powerful protest because it usually gets on the news and millions get too see it. Two examples of a sit-in are the four college students in a dinner and Eric Garner who got killed outside a convenient store.

This is an example of a sit in and what can happen

On February 1, 1960, a new strategy was added to the civil rights movement. Four African American college students walked up to a whites-only restaurant at the local Woolworth's store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and asked for coffee. When the white servers would not let them order, the students sat patiently. Even thought they were getting threats and intimidation, the students sat quietly and waited to be served.

The four college students in the first sit-in protest in the civil rights movement

In July, Eric Garner, a New Yorker was killed by an NYPD officer when he was restrained by using a strategy that had been banned by the force years prior. The killing was caught on camera by Eric Garner's friend and they used it as evidence in court. On December 3, five months after the incident, the police officer was not indicted by the Grand Jury, sparking the anger of many Americans and making protests.

This was Eric Garner before he was choked to death by the police

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