By David Spunt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands of medical students across the country took part in a national “die-in” to publicly protest recent grand jury decisions in Staten Island, New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

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Around 100 University of Pennsylvania medical students spread out in the middle of Walnut Street wearing their white coats.

“Protecting the citizens of this country is something that I’ve been doing since I got out of the military,” said first-year student Michael Spinnato.

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Med students at Temple University took part in a protest earlier in the day.

“A lot of healthcare issues can be prevented if we address the social problems,” said student Mica Winchester.

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Philadelphia Police were at both demonstrations, and they did not make any arrests.

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