NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A group that supports the protesters in Baltimore gathered in Union Square Wednesday and shut down the outbound Holland Tunnel, the West Side Highway and several other city streets as they marched.
More than 100 protesters were arrested as officers clashed with protesters around Manhattan, CBS2 reported. The protests followed rioting that began in Baltimore on Monday, in response to the police custody death of Freddie Gray.READ MORE: Sharee Jones Charged With Arson, Hate Crime After Fire At Brooklyn Yeshiva
Several hundred people gathered in Union Square around 6 p.m., and during the 7 p.m. hour, about 200 people broke off from Union Square and marched down 17th Street despite an order by officers to stay off the streets, 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported.
On 17th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, protesters marched for less than five minutes before coming face to face with a line of NYPD officers in riot gear – a barrier that sparked instant anger and countless clashes in the street.