More than 100 protests over Ferguson decision planned
A day after protests over Michael Brown's death rocked Ferguson, Missouri, people across the country made plans to voice their anger again Tuesday over a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed the African-American teenager.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 100 protests were planned in 32 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, according to information from a site set up to help organize the efforts.
The planned demonstrations ranged from Bangor, Maine, in the east to Portland, Washington, in the west; from Edmonton, Alberta, in the north, to Miami in the south.
One of the first protests was planned outside police headquarters in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday morning, with another protest scheduled for noon in nearby St. Petersburg.
Organizers planned a demonstration and civil disobedience, according to CNN affiliate WFTS.
"This is not a series of coincidences," Uhulu House organizer Chimurenga Walker told the station early Tuesday. "This is a systematic problem facing black people, so we have to call for a systematic solution, and that systematic solution is community control of the police."
Protests sprang up around the nation Monday night, after the announcement of the grand jury's decision not to charge Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's August 9 death.
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In New York, a roving crowd wound its way through the city, surging to more than 1,000 in Times Square before heading toward the Upper West Side, CNN's Miguel Marquez tweeted.
Earlier in the evening, about 200 people flocked to Union Square, brandishing signs that read, "Jail killer cops," and a large display, in lights: "Black lives matter."
Protesters knocked down barricades and headed toward the West Village before turning north, accompanied by police.
Emotions boiled over in Philadelphia, too.
"Shouts of 'f--- the police' at word of no indictment," a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter tweeted. "A man with the mic: 'we don't need to get mad.' Others: 'yes we do!' "
In Oakland, California, shop owners posted signs in their windows, "We support Michael Brown," as marchers took to the streets.
A crowd filled the intersection at 14th and Broadway, and some demonstrators lay down in chalk outlines, reports on social media showed. Later, they merged onto Interstate 580, shutting down traffic.
Similar scenes of a "die-in" were staged in downtown Seattle.
"Same story every time, being black is not a crime," protesters shouted, according to a report from CNN affiliate KIRO.
In Washington, D.C., a large crowd assembled outside the White House, with some protesters lying down on Pennsylvania Avenue. In Los Angeles, a city still scarred by the riots of 1992, silent protesters staged a similar demonstration at the intersection of La Brea and Wilshire.
A group also assembled in front of the Colorado Capitol in Denver calling for nonviolence, according to CNN affiliate KMGH.
The Chicago Tribune reported that about 200 protesters gathered outside the city's police headquarters, chanting "We are Mike Brown!" and "I am Mike Brown!" They also carried signs, the paper reported, bearing phrases like "Won't stop 'til we get justice," "Killer pigs must pay" and "Stop the racist killer cops."
Later they marched through downtown before stopping at the State of Illinois Center, where they chanted into bullhorns. Chicago police scrambled to keep up.
Protests around the country appeared to be largely peaceful, compared with the scenes unfolding in Ferguson. There, demonstrators set police vehicles ablaze and officers fired canisters into the crowds.