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December 4, 2014

#AliveWhileBlack and #CrimingWhileWhite spotlight 'double standard' in law enforcement

Following Eric Garner grand jury decision, Twitter users discuss how they are treated by police.

Demonstrators block the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel following a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. (GETTY/ANDREW BURTON)

Americans online are highlighting what they see as racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Countering hashtags, #CrimingWhileWhite and #AliveWhileBlack, trended following Wednesday's grand jury decision not indict a white New York police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. 

Many African Americans online used #AliveWhileBlack and #NotCrimingWhileBlack to draw attention to the treatment they say they receive from police because of their race: