Apple's flagship store in NYC becomes home to "die-in" protest

Apple's flagship store in NYC becomes home to
Apple's flagship store in New York City is normally packed this time of the year, as holiday shoppers check out the latest iPhone and iPad models.  However, on Friday the store was packed for another reason. A large number of protestors, possibly as many as 100, entered the Fifth Avenue store to stage what was called a "die-in," by lying on the floor of the store.

The protest was held after a New York Grand Jury failed to indict an NYPD cop who used an illegal chokehold to take down a suspect last July. The suspect died just about an hour later. The entire incident was recorded on a smartphone camera.


Police decided not to arrest any of the Apple Store protesters, even though their actions prevented much business from being conducted.


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source: @danyasteele, @JonVig4NY via NYPost

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31 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

That's america for us...Just hope that their congress will reform the poluce system as soon as possible.. And I don't think its fair for the protestors to hijack Apple's store without telling anyone in advance.They might get sued for not allowing the store to operate business normally...

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Those lucky workers at the stores get some vacation :)

12. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Getting sent home with no pay around the holiday season isn't so lucky if you're depending on the income.

23. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

AND it also means extra work cleaning up the mess afterwards

2. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

So if you're having a "die in" over the death of Eric Garner, how is disrupting an Apple Store going to send a message ? Capitalism ? Capitalism put him in a "chokehold" ? "The CEO of Apple knows we shut his store down--that means capitalist America is going to take us seriously. We are going to shake up your business and we want to hit you where it hurts."-Zandir Santos, protester

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Exactly. It had nothing to do with the death of Eric Garner. These "protesters" were nothing more than opportunists looking to further their own political ideals. Now, someone help me off this soapbox.

35. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm sorry to say this. People who actually have intelligent would never protest in this fashion. Those people are just uneducated and more than likely unemployment as well. I'm so sick of people try to pull the first amendment right and think they can protest wherever they please.

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Why an apple store? why not in the street? why pick some random store that is completely unrelated?

9. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because the Apple store generates press.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

On Thursday Michigan Ave (downtown Chicago) had thousands of people stopping traffic for more than an hour. This is kind of big news.

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

Run over them j walking is illegal not your fault if u don't see them laying down

5. xeonfire

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

Publicity is what they're trying to get by going into the Apple Store.

6. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Lol they knew that if they hijack apple store the news would spread fast just because it's related to apple.

7. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

What a bunch of losers. I wish Apple would have brought some muscle in and kicked their sorry asses out the door.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And Apple would lose tremendous face, taking justice into their own hands. Showing openly they condemn the die in about something really sensitive at the moment, police brutality against black peope. And participating in the brutality themselves. Good thing Apple aren't as aggressive or shortsighted as you are.

11. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Yep and that's exactly what's wrong with this country. Sometimes people need their ass kicked. Protesting by breaking the law just shows you're stupid. Don't bring race into it. People from all races are killed by others everyday. Get over it.

13. lebigmac506

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

You are so badass. It takes serious guts to say what you did in a comment on phonearena.com. Not.

17. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Lol, yeah it was such a badass statement. If you think that was badass or even trying to be, then you really need to get out more. Sorry but I don't sympathize with protesters who lay on the floor trying to shut down a business.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What's wrong with out country our cops are nothing but racist scared aholes. and they kill unarmed citizens when they are suppose to protect.

32. engineer-1701d unregistered

You do know it's illegal to resist arrest and if u do a crime be ready to die for it, in some countries they would cut body parts off as a warning

29. xeonfire

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

What? at least Apple is not ignorant and stupid like some, its a freakin sensitive and serious issue.

10. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Because that is the most expensive part of the city? Probably because its an Apple store =D

14. keyz112

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2014

I think what many seem to realize is Change only comes when it effects something real that matters to the powers that be. Violence isn't what moves people, it just gives reason to call the protesters animals! Which will only work in the law makers favor but if you attack the money the masses of society I have a true chance for victory towards there cause. The masses has always been the boss! But we the people have been taught to settle for mediocrity and pray for a better day, at least now some truly see the writing on the wall and trying to make change without violence.

20. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Bring legitimacy to your cause in a peaceful manner and do it in front of the police stations or government buildings. Not stores where people get up everyday to support themselves or families. I will say this though, it is amazing to me how much more every issue has been polarized through the len of race in the last few years since Obama was elected. (Note, I didn't vote for him or his opposition, as in my eyes they are just different shapes cut from the same cloth called ilk.) You can't even criticize anything he does without being labeled a racist. It's getting really old. You could criticize anything you wanted about Bush, and you might have had the off handed comment that you were "unpatriotic" or whatnot, which I will generally agree with as I don't believe in blindly following something you disagree with, but just because you disagree with someone's handling of a situation that happens to be a different race then yourself does not make one racist. I wish these a-holes would realize this. Also, lets call a spade a spade. You wanted big government to "protect you" but when it comes in and kills you, then it's a problem. Guess what, this is a problem *you* caused. If government is small enough to be drowned in an inch of bath water, this isn't an issue. Then it's just neighbor taking care of neighbor, or harming neighbor. Those injustices can be taken care of swiftly. Whereas the police and government are only out to protect themselves. Just food for thought.

33. engineer-1701d unregistered

Federal law kicks in the they week be taken that's why they won't do a federal crime fit something most of then don't car about they just want to say yeah I did that

21. shinywindow unregistered

These arent protesters. They are paid actors working for politically driven non profits to further agendas.

22. Furbal unregistered

Until the 20-34 age bracket actually start freaking voting and participating in the community instead of hopping on the tragedy bandwagon (whatever is happening that week), they have no sympathy from me. Far to many people only decide to be a part of something after a tragedy occurs (and usually just for a short time) instead of trying to get something real done.

34. engineer-1701d unregistered

You mean 16-27 right

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If i was that store owner, i would have locked them in the store, refused bathroom services unless they are paying customers and call the cops. Within 2 hours the store would have been cleared, and the store could press charges. I have more than once, locked a dumb customer in the store and called the cops and seen them walked away in handcuffs.

30. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Wow either your customers are dumb or you're a major court case waiting to explode over forced detainment.

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