NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The announcement in Ferguson, Missouri Monday night that a grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson the police officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown — sent protesters on the move in New York.
In Union Square, several hundred people who had gathered to watch the announcement began marching peacefully. They chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot” and held up signs saying, “Black lives matter” and “Jail killer cops.”
Some protesters went on to march northward to Times Square and later Columbus Circle, and north through the Upper West Side on Broadway. The protesters broke through barricades in some areas.
“I think that it’s a shame. I think that we need some changes in the system, because obviously, cops are killing people, they’re abusing their powers, and the system is entirely corrupt,” one woman told CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco.
“They got away with Trayvon Martin and all these other youth that was killed,” a man said. “I’m not surprised, but the fight just never stops.”
During the protests, Twitter photos indicated that police Commissioner Bill Bratton was sprayed with fake blood during protests in Times Square.
Police told CBS2 they were aware of the incident, but could not immediately confirm any information.