Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Protestors March Over Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Block Traffic

In Brooklyn:

Close to 200 chanting protestors blocked the Brooklyn Bridge around late Monday, reacting to the news that Darren Wilson was not indicted in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Other marchers holding black signs flooded into DUMBO from one of the bridges just before midnight.

Demonstrators marched over the Brooklyn Bridge, blocking Adams Street in Brooklyn at 1 a.m. The march was angry -- "no justice, no peace" -- but orderly. The group was led by a police vehicle.

Globalgrind reported that protestors had blocked the Manhattan and Tri-Boro bridges as well.

In Manhattan:

At 2 a.m., NYPD dispatch reported roughly 60 marchers inside Union Square Park at 14th Street in Manhattan, headed north on Park Avenue.

Another group of roughly 80 in northern Manhattan headed south along Madison at 106th Street, according to NYPD. At 2:20 a.m., the group was headed westbound on 96th Street. Police vehicles are shadowing the group.

Update: Group reached 58th Street on Madison at 3:12 a.m., moving down 6th Ave.  Police still shadowing as roughly 88 march west along the street. Cop: "They're in the street but they're orderly."

In Ferguson:

Fires ravage several blocks; police shoot gas at protestors. Businesses are burning and being looted. Police cars overturned; guns heard outside the Police Department.

Residents ask why the news was released at 9 p.m., and why police didn't protect their businesses. NY Times reports Michael Brown's stepdad yelled, “Burn this down!” after the announcement. “Not often you get to see anarchy, huh?” one man taking pictures outside Walgreens said.

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