NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fury about Ferguson took over in Manhattan for the second night Tuesday, as protesters angry about the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri first shut down an entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel during the evening rush Tuesday, then shut down both sides of the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive.
Protesters took over both sides of the West Side Highway at 72nd Street late Tuesday and marched northward, despite efforts from police to keep them off.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, punches also flew between officers and at least one protester Tuesday night as one group of protesters gathered in Times Square.
The throng expressed outrage at the decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
On Thursday, 34th Street will be part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route. But on Tuesday night, protesters shut it down.
“Actually, I just came to go shopping and I saw the marching so I joined in,” said protester Brenda Gibson.
They claimed the grand jury decision in Ferguson was part of a larger pattern of police abuses.
“This is actually a human rights issue,” said protester Verika Edwards. “This is breaking, like, UN Conventions on human rights.”
The crowd was filled largely with young high school and college students. The NYPD let them march until they targeted the Lincoln Tunnel and tried to shut down the entrance around the time of the evening rush. A tense standoff at the tunnel entrance delayed traffic for 30 minutes.
“I want to get home,” said Zollie Benton as he found himself stuck in traffic amid the protests. “I do this every day, and I live in Jersey. I live in Neptune, New Jersey, so I do this drive every day. And they came up behind me, once I saw that, I got a little nervous, so I was hoping it didn’t get out of hand.”
It didn’t get out of hand until the crowd moved on to Times Square, and ignored repeated warnings to back off the street. Police arrested at least 10 people, and a man was seen on Chopper 2 scuffling with officers.
Some people called police officers “murderers,” and the F word was heard copiously, Aiello reported.