Protesters rally nationwide over Garner grand jury decision
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.