IN PHOTOS ~~ BIG DOINGS IN THE BIG APPLE ~~ THOUSANDS GATHER AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

IN PHOTOS ~~ BIG DOINGS IN THE BIG APPLE ~~ THOUSANDS GATHER AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

Under the NYC night sky at 6:30 pm, 10,000 (police report) people gathered at Foley Square to protest the failure of the Grand Jury to indict the killer policeman of Eric Gardner, a Black resident from Staten Island . The demonstration was called by the NYC Civil Liberties Union and The Center For Constitutional Rights. The meeting was peaceful, but participants were angry. The meeting represented the wide range of ethnic and racial population in NYC, from the young to oldsters. “BLACK LIFE MATTERS” and “I CAN’T BREATHE” were the refrains which filled Foley Square as well as “NO PEACE WITH OUT JUSTICE” and “HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT” (referring to Ferguson Mo). Within hours people spontaneously began to leave the Square to circulate through the city. Local street protests continued to the wee hours of the morning. The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges were closed down. The Holland Tunnel was closed for forty minutes. In some streets traffic was blocked and “die-ins” on the streets helped block the traffic. There were masses of police with their patrol cars and scooters and their buses to hold arrested demonstrators (200 were arrested).

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