Friday, August 15, 2014

Times Square SHUT DOWN: More than one thousand march in New York as Ferguson protests spin-off across the country over police shooting of Michael Brown

  • The New York rally in support of Michael Brown began Thursday evening in a march up Broadway before culminated in Times Square
  • Head of highway patrol, put in charge of Ferguson security by Governor Jay Nixon on Thursday, the St Louis suburb resembled a 'war zone'
  • In addition to vigils in Ferguson and New York, there have been protests planned across the country via Twitter
  • Ferguson police have said that on Friday they will name the police officer who shot Brown
The fifth night of demonstrations in support of gunned down Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown saw scores of protesters marching through the streets of New York in a vigil that culminated in Times Square Thursday night.

Tensions flared as some protestors attempted to shove their way through a police barricade set up in their path toward the beating heart of the city.

Police held their own and tempers soon calmed, but as night gripped New York, the already congested Times Square ground to a halt as over 1000 marchers flowed into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and militarization and justice for 18-year-old Brown.







The fifth night of demonstrations in support of gunned down Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown saw scores of protesters marching through the streets of New York in a vigil that culminated in Times Square Thursday night. Tensions flared as some protestors attempted to shove their way through a police barricade set up in their path toward the beating heart of the city. Police held their own and tempers soon calmed, but as night gripped New York, the already congested Times Square ground to a halt as over 1000 marchers flowed into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and militarization and justice for 18-year-old Brown. Scroll down for videos Taking to the streets: Thousands of protesters clogged Manhattan streets Thursday night before bringing Times Square to a stand still as they demonstrated in support of gunned down Missouri teen Michael Brown Taking to the streets: Thousands of protesters clogged Manhattan streets Thursday night before bringing Times Square to a stand still as they demonstrated in support of gunned down Missouri teen Michael Brown Bright lights: The New york vigil was one of many nationwide and saw thousands clog the streets of Times Square on Thursday Bright lights: The New york vigil was one of many nationwide and saw thousands clog the streets of Times Square on Thursday The group chanted 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' in their march toward midtown that tied up traffic in the hours after the evening rush. According to WABC, police for the most part allowed the protest to move forward unhampered before forcing them into a corral at 42nd Street and 9th Avenue. Authorities, not nearly as heavily armed or intimidating as the now widely criticized Ferguson police were in previous nights of protest, kept the group confined with orange netting and only allowed people to disperse in small groups. Some arrests were made, though an exact number remained unclear. New York's was one of a slew of protests and vigils held nationally--from Miami to Houston to Chicago and Los Angeles--as part of the National Day of Silence in Remembrance of Michael Brown.

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