Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Triborough Bridge Protests: New York City Ferguson Demonstrations Shut Down Traffic (Photos)
UPDATE as of Tuesday: Several hundred protesters were attempting to shut down the Manhattan Bridge in Manhattan on Tuesday.
The protesters started amassing on the bridge as of 8:45 p.m. ET Tuesday. Some protesters also attempted to shut down the Williamsburgh Bridge via FDR Drive. Earlier in the evening, other protesters tried to close of Lincoln Tunnel.
There was a heavy police presence at the Manhattan Bridge.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 26, 2014
Cop car surrounded. Officer for out and hit someone with a baton. pic.twitter.com/CKDy4X9G47
— Josh Davis (@joshabla) November 26, 2014
— #Ferguson (@natedrug) November 26, 2014
If you’re on the Manhattan bridge do yourself and Mother Nature a favor and turn off your car, it’s gonna be a while pic.twitter.com/D5BhQx9GYB
— Nathalie☭ (@_RedMotherLover) November 26, 2014
MONDAY: The Triborough Bridge (formerly Robert F. Kennedy Bridge or Triboro Bridge) was shut down in New York City by protesters. There were preliminary reports that other protesters were trying to shut down the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Police are reportedly on the scene attempting to clear out the demonstrators. Ultimately, the protesters were cleared by police and traffic was allowed back in.
A live stream can be viewed here of the protest on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The protests are over the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. In Ferguson, there’s looting, rioting, and arson.
— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) November 25, 2014
200 protesters have just shut down the Brooklyn Bridge in addition to the Manhattan & Tri-Boro Bridges. – @Breaking911
— The Daily Rapid (@earththreats) November 25, 2014
BREAKING ALERT: Manhattan bridge currently being taken over and halted by protesters marching for #Ferguson.
— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) November 25, 2014
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) November 25, 2014
To be clear, I’m not on the bridge, I’m on the Manhattan side of it. It’s been blocked off. pic.twitter.com/liiZ4cQeHE
— Danielle Tcholakian (@danielleiat) November 25, 2014
NYPD merging motorists into one lane on the Brooklyn Bridge as a handful of protesters walk in the other car lanes. pic.twitter.com/H1bDFqpqfp
— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 25, 2014
— HarlemTrends.com (@HarlemTrends) November 25, 2014
Hundreds march in NYC to protest Ferguson decision
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people marched in Manhattan to peacefully protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, a shooting that has sparked weeks of sometime violent protests.
The protesters gathered in Union Square Monday night when it was announced that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the death of Michael Brown. They chanted “hands up, don’t shoot” while holding up signs saying “Black lives matter and “jail killer cops.”
The protesters then swarmed through traffic, closely trailed by police officers, as they marched up to Times Square where they held a rally.
Another crowd of several hundred continued north up Columbus Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side shouting “Don’t shoot!”
They were flanked by police on foot and in vehicles with their lights flashing. The activists stopped traffic for more than a dozen blocks.
One resident was heard shouting, “Get them arrested! They have no business here!”
At a news conference in Harlem, the Rev. Al Sharpton called the decision an “absolute blow.”
Sharpton was joined by the family of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man killed by a police chokehold earlier this year.
Sharpton said “even when you see a blow coming that you expected, it still hurts nonetheless.”
He said there had been no confidence in the Missouri prosecutors from the start, and questioned why the prosecutor didn’t say if the grand jury decision had been unanimous.
With the death of a man last week in a New York city housing project at the hands of a police officer, Sharpton said “Let it be clear that we are dealing with the same attitudes of Ferguson right here in the city.Ferguson is not just in Missouri.”
“We can lose a round, but the fight is not over,” Sharpton said.