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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.
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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: 

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