Lawyers, Law Students Lie Down in Rain at L.A. Courthouse in ‘Die-In’ Protest

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Lawyers, law students and legal staff lie on the ground in the rain outside Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown L.A. on Dec. 16, 2014, during a die-in to protest police brutality and the decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid calls for justice and chants of “black lives matter,” more than 100 lawyers, law students and others staged a “die-in” outside a downtown Los Angeles courthouse Tuesday, arguing that the legal system in which they operate is broken.

The group blocked a lane of traffic and clogged the walkway leading to the Hill Street entrance of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, making it virtually impossible for passing motorists and court visitors to ignore their message.

“The issue of police brutality is not about any single officer or victim, nor is it about good people versus bad people,” Priscilla Ocen, a law professor, declared over a bullhorn. “The number of unjustified homicides is a result of an entire system left too long without the leigitimate checks necessary to ensure accountability and justice.”

Tuesday’s “die-in” marked the second day in a row that a group of white-collar professionals has demonstrated in support of calls for increased police accountability following the deaths of unarmed black men.

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