Ferguson Protests Spread Nationwide 11/26 06:20
(AP) -- People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took
to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that
the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the
predominantly black St. Louis suburb.
For many, the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson
recalled other troubling encounters with law enforcement. The refrain "hands
up, don't shoot" became a rallying cry over police killings nationwide.
A look at some of Tuesday's demonstrations:
Thousands of people marched for a second night in Manhattan, gathering in
Union Square before splitting into several smaller groups, chanting "No
justice, No peace." Some held signs saying "Jail killer cops" and "Justice for
One group marched uptown to Times Square, meandering between lanes of
traffic as police followed. The protesters, who seemed to grow in number as the
night wore on, disrupted traffic on the FDR Drive and congregated at the
entrances to the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges and the Queens Midtown
Commissioner William Bratton said police were giving protesters "breathing
"As long as they remain nonviolent, and as long as they don't engage in
issues that cause fear or create vandalism, we will work with them to allow
them to demonstrate," he said.
Protesters flooded the U.S. 101 freeway Tuesday night, carrying barricades
that they laid across lanes and bringing traffic to a halt.
Within a few minutes Highway Patrol and LAPD officers chased the several
dozen protesters off the freeway and corralled them on an overpass, where one
of the barricades was thrown on to the freeway below. There were no immediate
reports of any arrests.
The protesters had broken away from a larger, primarily peaceful group of
hundreds who had marched for miles through city streets since mid-afternoon,
converging on police headquarters.
In Oakland, a group of protesters is vandalizing police cars and businesses
in downtown Oakland, smashing windows at car dealerships, restaurants, and
convenience stores on a second night of protests.
The crowd briefly shut down two major freeways, and set several trash bins
on fire across a major street before police in riot helmets forced them to
A rally in Minneapolis turned scary when a car struck a protester and then
burst through a pack of others who surrounded it. A woman suffered minor
Several hundred people had gathered Tuesday afternoon near the 3rd Precinct
police outpost to show solidarity with Brown. The driver called police soon
after to report the incident, and police spokesman John Elder said the incident
was under investigation.
Several hundred people marched down a freeway ramp to block rush-hour
traffic while protesting the Missouri developments and Saturday's fatal
shooting by an officer of 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, who had a pellet
gun that looked like a real firearm.
"The system wasn't made to protect us," said one of the protesters,
17-year-old Naesha Pierce. "To get justice, the people themselves have to be
Protesters disrupted downtown traffic for several hours by blocking major
intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting
the city to Illinois.
Riot police arrested several demonstrators who sat in the middle of
Interstate 44 near the Edward Jones Dome. They used pepper spray to disperse
Demonstrators also swarmed the steps of the federal courthouse chanting,
"You didn't indict! We shall fight!"
Several hundred people from historically black schools Morehouse College and
Clark Atlanta University in Georgia held peaceful demonstrations. But as the
night wore on, some groups split off and tried to block a freeway, and police
said some windows were broken.
Police said 21 people were arrested, mostly for failure to disperse when
asked, but one person faces a weapons charge.
In Portland, Oregon, a rally drew about 1,000 people who listened to
speeches then marched through downtown. A splinter group of about 300 people
kept going, marching across a Willamette River bridge. Bus and light rail
traffic was disrupted, and police used pepper spray and made several arrests.