Following two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers involved in killing an unarmed black man—first, Mike Brown in Ferguson, then Eric Garner in Staten Island—a series of protests have swept the nation. Since August, protests have been held in Ferguson, Missouri, but after the verdict in New York on Thursday, December 3, the unrest spread all over America.
Here's what the protests have looked like nation-wide:
1. Protests in Berkeley, California turned violent on Saturday night (December 6) and cops clash with protestors.
2. Amid vandalism, police in riot gear began to deploy tear gas in Berkeley.
3. Cops even trained weapons like shotguns on protestors in Berkeley, and there were reports of cops armed with abundant riot gear.
4. A Berkeley protestor taunts the police with a donut:
5. In Oakland, a protestor sat in the middle of a major street to block traffic with an ominous line of standing police behind him.
6. In Los Angeles, protestors marched down Hollywood Boulevard to protest the verdict. Many covered their mouths in duct tape with the words "I can't breathe" and their hands up, symbols that are related to the deaths of both Mike Brown and Eric Garner.
7. Protestors gathered in front of the infamous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to prepare for the march.
8. Along with marching, protestors lay down across the length of Hollywood Boulevard to block traffic.
9. In New York, protestors broke into Macy's as part of their demonstration.
10. Others blocked traffic in major intersections in Manhattan.
11. In Manhattan, there were plenty of signs showing solidarity with Ferguson, as connections between the two cases are being made.
12. Manhattan protestors blocked police cars.
13. In Chicago—and many other cities—police arrested protestors.
14. A sign in Washington D.C. sums up the current climate:
15. Protestors in D.C. also rallied on Saturday to block intersections:
16. And many laid down outside the perimeter of the White House to get their voices heard:
17. Protests spread to Boston on Friday (December 5)—an especially chilling shot is this protesting Santa:
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