African-American Congressional staff and others hold their hands up during a walk-out outside the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Congressional staff members and others stood outside the Capitol to protest the Eric Garner and Mike Brown grand jury decisions which did not bring charges against police. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI


Senate chaplain Barry Black conducted a prayer before protestors stood silently with their hands in the air on the steps of the Capitol.

Taylor Lewis
Dec, 12, 2014

In a step in the right direction, more than 100 congressional staffers walked out of their Capitol Hill jobs yesterday afternoon to conduct a silent protest on the steps of the Capitol, reports NBC News.

Senate chaplain Barry Black led the group in prayer, and the demonstrators stood with their hands up, in reference to the Ferguson battle cry, "hands up, don't shoot." The Congressional Black Associates, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association organized the walkout.

"Democrats and Republicans across the country are incredibly frustrated by what happened in Ferguson, Staten Island, and everywhere," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) in a statement. "This protest reflects the mistrust they have in the integrity of the criminal justice system."

The walkout comes in solidarity with the demonstrations that have swept the nation following the Ferguson and New York City grand juries' non-indictments.

"Even though we go to work in these prestigious buildings among prestigious people, we go home, and we're still profiled, we still are part of those statistics," one staffer who declined to give his name told The Huffington Post. "It could have been any one of us who was Eric Garner, who was Mike Brown."