NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched to Times Square Thursday evening, and some confronted police, in a demonstration on behalf Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot and killed by police in suburban St. Louis.MTA, Union Leaders Call For More NYPD Officers To Patrol Subways After Off-Duty Conductor Nearly Blinded By Attacker
As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, a vigil for Brown, 18, was held at around 7 p.m. in Union Square. Protesters then began a march up Broadway and Seventh Avenue to Times Square.
The protesters ran into a police barricade line at 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Some tried to push up against the officers, but the officers held their own, CBS 2’s Joe Biermann reported from Chopper 2.
The protesters then moved on to nearby Father Duffy Square before heading back to Union Square.
The Union Square vigil that preceded the march was one of several held in more than 90 cities across the country Thursday night for the National Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, the crowd stopped traffic as protesters held their hands up in the air and yelled, “Don’t shoot!”
The chant was a reference to witness accounts that Brown had his hands raised when he was fatally shot by police.
Some protesters held signs with Brown’s face and name on them.
Protesters said a show of solidarity for Brown was needed.
“I think it was a disgrace to this country, and a disgrace to the people,” said Cris Hilo of the Bronx. “We here as a people in New York City are outraged, because even if it’s happening in Missouri, it’s happening everywhere.”
“There’s just, like, a lot of injustice right now,” said Ben N. of the Bronx. “People like me — people like everyone here — we have to, like, live in fear.”