Protesters filled the streets of midtown Manhattan last night, protesting the death of an unarmed teen in a St. Louis suburb. A crowd estimated at thousands marched to Times Square while chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident has set off a week of demonstrations in Ferguson, with police using tear gas to break up the demonstrations.
Here in New York, the demonstration was largely calm and peaceful, although there were a handful of arrests. Protesters said they wanted to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson.
Vigils were held across the country last night, while President Obama pleaded for calm while on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard.
“There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting,” President Obama said. “There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests.”
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