Protests against Ferguson decision grow across US

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Ferguson Protests Across the United States

People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.

For many, the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson recalled other troubling encounters with law enforcement. The refrain "hands up, don't shoot" became a rallying cry over police killings nationwide.

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Protests against Ferguson decision grow across US
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: People protest in Times Square over the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case November 25, 2014 in New York City. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, MO police officer, on August 9. Violent protests erupted across the nation yesterday after the grand jury's verdict was announced, most notably in Ferguson, MO, where more than 25 buildings were burned down and stores were looted. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 25: Protestors marching from Union's square to Times Square and blocking the Lincoln Tunnel argue with the police during the protests in New York City on November 25, 2014 after the grand jury announcement on shooting of Michael Brown Ferguson shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown in Ferguson on August 9. A St. Louis County grand jury decided not to bring charges against Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, for fatally shooting Michael Brown. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)
A protester holds a sign that reads "We Stand With Ferguson," during a march in downtown Seattle, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, to demonstrate against a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. The peaceful march was a mix of students who walked out of schools and a coalition of clergy members. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Students rally at the University of Minnesota to protest police brutality, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Minneapolis, following Monday's announcement that a grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
A protester stands near a wall with a graffiti and police officers in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Several thousand protesters marched through Oakland with some shutting down freeways, looting, burning garbage and smashing windows. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protesters gather around burning refuse in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, after the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Several thousand protesters marched through Oakland with some shutting down freeways, looting, burning garbage and smashing windows. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Asmera Smith holds up a photographic display of people allegedly killed by police during a protest outside the Chicago Police headquarters before the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
WASHINGTON D.C. - NOVEMBER 24: Protestors gather outside the White House on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC after the announcement that the police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown will not face charges. US President Barack Obama urged calm as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen. (Photo by Muhammed Bilal Kenasari/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Cliff Rogers, of East Orange, N.J.,marches with organizers during a rally in response to news of a grand jury deciding not to indict a Missouri police officer in the killing of a unarmed man, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Newark, N.J. Organizers marched to the federal building in Newark in the wake of a grand jury decision on Monday not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. The National Action Network also is calling for protests in Atlantic City, Paterson and Camden. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Demonstrators gather Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct to protest Monday's announcement that a grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 24: Protesters react to the St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown November 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, his death sparked riots in Ferguson Missouri in August. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
A demonstrator paints protest graffiti in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: A group of people gather to protest the grand jury's decision about the police Officer Darren Wilson shot the black teenager Michael Brown dead on November 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. According to the jury's decision, Officer Wilson will not face criminal charges for killing Michael Brown. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: Activists march from New York City's Union Square to Times Square after learning that the police officer Darren Wilson, of the Ferguson, MO police department, who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown on August 9, would not be indicted by a grand jury on November 24, 2014 in New York City. The killing of Michael Brown inspired mass protests in the St. Louis suburb for over a month and has reignited conversations throughout the nation about race and police force. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 24: A protester lays on the ground during a moment of silence as they gather on the sidewalk at Broadway at Civic Center Park after learning a Grand jury decided November 24, 2014 not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's death on August 9, 2014. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Retired Captain Ray Lewis (L) of the Philadelphia Police department joins demonstrators display placards in front of the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014 to protest the death of 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot to death by a white police officer. The governor of the US state of Missouri urged calm on November 224 ahead of a verdict on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead unarmed Brown. There is no indication yet as to whether or not Wilson will face charges for the death of Brown on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, a suburb just outside St Louis. The grand jury announcement will be made at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, at 8:00 pm (0200 GMT Tuesday), St Louis County prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters lay down on a street, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles, Calf., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Protesters shut down Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Several thousand protesters marched through Oakland with some shutting down freeways multiple times, burning refuse and breaking windows on a news van. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Josmar Trujillo, a member of 'New Yorkers Against Bratton,' protests outside an event where New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton was speaking on November 24, 2014 in New York City. Trujillo and others are calling for the resignation of Bratton after an NYPD officer shot and killed a man in a public housing stairwell in Brooklyn last week. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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James Cartmill holds an American flag while protesting in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Several thousand protesters marched through Oakland with some shutting down freeways, looting, burning garbage and smashing windows. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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WASHINGTON D.C. - NOVEMBER 24: A group of people gather to protest outside the White House after the grand jury's decision about the police Officer Darren Wilson shot the black teenager Michael Brown dead on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The protestors walked to the U.S. Constitutional Court Headquarter in Washington. According to the jury's decision, Officer Wilson will not face criminal charges for killing Michael Brown. (Photo by Kasm Ileri/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON D.C. - NOVEMBER 24: A group of people gather to protest outside the White House after the grand jury's decision about the police Officer Darren Wilson shot the black teenager Michael Brown dead on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The protestors walked to the U.S. Constitutional Court Headquarter in Washington. According to the jury's decision, Officer Wilson will not face criminal charges for killing Michael Brown. (Photo by Kasm Ileri/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON D.C. - NOVEMBER 24: A group of people gather to protest outside the White House after the grand jury's decision about the police Officer Darren Wilson shot the black teenager Michael Brown dead on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The protestors walked to the U.S. Constitutional Court Headquarter in Washington. According to the jury's decision, Officer Wilson will not face criminal charges for killing Michael Brown. (Photo by Kasm Ileri/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: A building burns after being set on fire during clashes between police and protesters over decision in the shooting death 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014. US President Barack Obama urged calm as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: Protestors arque with the riot police as the activists march from New York City's Union Square to Times Square after learning that the police officer Darren Wilson, of the Ferguson, MO police department, who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown on August 9, would not be indicted by a grand jury on November 24, 2014 in New York City. The killing of Michael Brown inspired mass protests in the St. Louis suburb for over a month and has reignited conversations throughout the nation about race and police force. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: Protestors arque with the riot police as the activists march from New York City's Union Square to Times Square after learning that the police officer Darren Wilson, of the Ferguson, MO police department, who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown on August 9, would not be indicted by a grand jury on November 24, 2014 in New York City. The killing of Michael Brown inspired mass protests in the St. Louis suburb for over a month and has reignited conversations throughout the nation about race and police force. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: Activists march from New York City's Union Square to Times Square after learning that the police officer Darren Wilson, of the Ferguson, MO police department, who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown on August 9, would not be indicted by a grand jury on November 24, 2014 in New York City. The killing of Michael Brown inspired mass protests in the St. Louis suburb for over a month and has reignited conversations throughout the nation about race and police force. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: Protestors arque with the riot police as the activists march from New York City's Union Square to Times Square after learning that the police officer Darren Wilson, of the Ferguson, MO police department, who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown on August 9, would not be indicted by a grand jury on November 24, 2014 in New York City. The killing of Michael Brown inspired mass protests in the St. Louis suburb for over a month and has reignited conversations throughout the nation about race and police force. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 24: Protestors arque with the riot police as the activists march from New York City's Union Square to Times Square after learning that the police officer Darren Wilson, of the Ferguson, MO police department, who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown on August 9, would not be indicted by a grand jury on November 24, 2014 in New York City. The killing of Michael Brown inspired mass protests in the St. Louis suburb for over a month and has reignited conversations throughout the nation about race and police force. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Protesters shut down Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Several thousand protesters marched through Oakland with some shutting down freeways multiple times, burning refuse and breaking windows on a news van. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A police officer tries unsuccessfully to keep a protester from blocking Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Dante Kaleo holds a protest sign while marching on Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Several thousand protesters marched through Oakland with some shutting down freeways multiple times, burning refuse and breaking windows on a news van. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Police officers try to clear demonstrators blocking Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protestors clasp hands as they march up Seventh Avenue towards Times Square after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Standing in the middle of Interstate 580, a protester confronts police officers trying to reopen the highway in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protesters block Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Police officers detain one of the several hundred protesters blocking Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Protestors march up Seventh Avenue towards Times Square after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Activists in Los Angeles prepare for possible rallies as they await news of the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, at the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Protesters fill Times Square during a march after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: A group of people gather to protest the grand jury's decision about the police Officer Darren Wilson shot the black teenager Michael Brown dead on November 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. According to the jury's decision, Officer Wilson will not face criminal charges for killing Michael Brown. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: A group of people gather to protest the grand jury's decision about the police Officer Darren Wilson shot the black teenager Michael Brown dead on November 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. According to the jury's decision, Officer Wilson will not face criminal charges for killing Michael Brown. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Protesters and police clash in front of LAPD Headquarters as people react to the grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who had shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in the early morning hours of November 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Police officer Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, sparking large ongoing protests. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Protestors march November 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, one day after a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer for the killing of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters march in downtown Seattle, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, to demonstrate against a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. The peaceful march was a mix of students who walked out of schools and a coalition of clergy members. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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A look at some of Tuesday's demonstrations:
NEW YORK

Thousands of people marched for a second night in Manhattan, gathering in Union Square before splitting into several smaller groups, chanting "No justice, No peace." Some held signs saying "Jail killer cops" and "Justice for Mike Brown."

Protesters Take to the Streets of Manhattan Following Grand Jury Decision

One group marched uptown to Times Square, meandering between lanes of traffic as police followed. The protesters, who seemed to grow in number as the night wore on, disrupted traffic on the FDR Drive and congregated at the entrances to the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges and the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Commissioner William Bratton said police were giving protesters "breathing room."

"As long as they remain nonviolent, and as long as they don't engage in issues that cause fear or create vandalism, we will work with them to allow them to demonstrate," he said.

CALIFORNIA

Protesters flooded the U.S. 101 freeway Tuesday night, carrying barricades that they laid across lanes and bringing traffic to a halt.

Within a few minutes Highway Patrol and LAPD officers chased the few dozen protesters off the freeway and corralled them on an overpass, where one of the barricades was thrown on to the freeway below. There were no immediate reports of any arrests.

The protesters had broken away from a larger, primarily peaceful group of hundreds who had marched for miles through city streets since mid-afternoon, converging on police headquarters.

In Oakland, a group of protesters is vandalizing police cars and businesses in downtown Oakland, smashing windows at car dealerships, restaurants, and convenience stores on a second night of protests.

The crowd briefly shut down two major freeways, and set several trash bins on fire across a major street before police in riot helmets forced them to disperse.

MINNEAPOLIS

A rally in Minneapolis turned scary when a car struck a protester and then burst through a pack of others who surrounded it. A woman suffered minor injuries.

Several hundred people had gathered Tuesday afternoon near the 3rd Precinct police outpost to show solidarity with Brown. The driver called police soon after to report the incident, and police spokesman John Elder said the incident was under investigation.

CLEVELAND

Several hundred people marched down a freeway ramp to block rush-hour traffic while protesting the Missouri developments and Saturday's fatal shooting by an officer of 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, who had a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm.

"The system wasn't made to protect us," said one of the protesters, 17-year-old Naesha Pierce. "To get justice, the people themselves have to be justice."

ST. LOUIS

Protesters disrupted downtown traffic for several hours by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois.

Riot police arrested several demonstrators who sat in the middle of Interstate 44 near the Edward Jones Dome. They used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

Demonstrators also swarmed the steps of the federal courthouse chanting, "You didn't indict! We shall fight!"

ELSEWHERE

Several hundred people from historically black schools Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Georgia held peaceful demonstrations. But as the night wore on, some groups split off and tried to block a freeway, and police said some windows were broken.

Police said 21 people were arrested, mostly for failure to disperse when asked, but one person faces a weapons charge.

In Portland, Oregon, a rally drew about 1,000 people who listened to speeches then marched through downtown. A splinter group of about 300 people kept going, marching across a Willamette River bridge. Bus and light rail traffic was disrupted, and police used pepper spray and made several arrests.

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