Protesters rally nationwide over Garner grand jury decision

  • Demonstrators block the West Side Highway following yesterday’s decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a police officer who used a chokehold in the death of Eric Garner in July, in Foley Square on Dec. 4, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • A New York Police Department helicopter points its lights toward protesters demanding justice for Eric Garner as they enter the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, New York Dec. 4, 2014. 
  • Protesters rallying against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner carry a collection of mock coffins bearing the names of victims of fatal police encounters as they cross the eastbound traffic lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge, Dec. 4, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • A man who identified himself as Mike V. sits in the street after being blocked by a line of police officers on the second night of demonstrations following a Staten Island, New York grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Dec. 4, 2014 in Oakland, Calif.
  • A woman reacts as New York City police officers push people out of an intersection in Times Square during a protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York on Dec. 4, 2014.
  • Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner in Manhattan, New York City, on Dec. 5, 2014. 
  • People watch as protesters walk pass their building in New York City on Dec. 4, 2014 during demonstration against the chokehold death of an unarmed black father-of-six by a white police officer. 
  • Police officers form a line in East Oakland on the second night of demonstrations following a Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Dec. 4, 2014 in Oakland, Calif.
  • Demonstrators hold their hands up as they march through downtown Washington, D.C., following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner December 4, 2014.
  • Police prevent protesters from entering Interstate 93 during demonstrations against recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 4, 2014. 
  • Sophia Smith (C) of Oakland chants with a crowd of protesters on the second night of demonstrations following a Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Dec. 4, 2014, in Oakland, Calif.
  • Protesters demanding justice for Eric Garner cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Dec. 4, 2014.  

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Public outrage over a string of fatal police encounters spilled into the streets of major cities across the country again Thursday as crowds gathered in response to news that the police officer associated with Eric Garner’s chokehold death would not face criminal charges.

Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Manhattan Thursday night, shutting down major intersections and roadways for hours. A network of activists planned similar actions across the country, using social media to connect supporters in order to fill public spaces in a collective display of growing discontent over police brutality and racial disparities seen in communities nationwide. More than 200 people were arrested overnight in New York, according to police.

Protesters also marched in Washington, D.C., for a second straight day. A group of about 100 people staged a “die-in” near the White House as a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony went off about a block away, NBC Washington reported. Police in Boston were expecting 4,000 protesters in demonstrations also planned to coincide with a tree lighting ceremony on Boston Common, NBC station WHDH reported.

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