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A protester joins others at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 for a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: A protester against police violence marches in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A protester displays a placard at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters gather at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters gather at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A protester displays a placard at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Activist and scholar Cornel West joins protesters against police violence in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Women watch as protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: A protester against police violence marches in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: A couple hug during a protest against police violence in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters scuffle with police during a march against police violence in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Women watch as protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters against police violence march in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Protesters scuffle with police during a march against police violence in Manhattan on April 14, 2015 in New York City. A coalation of anti police violence and anti racist organizations gathered in Union Square to listen to speakers before setting off on a march down lower Broadway. Following the dath of Eric Garner during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer, New York has become one of the nations focal points for protests against the police. Along with Garner's death, the cases of Ferguson teen Michael Brown and Walter Scott in South Carolina have energized the movement against the police. The marchers hope to highlight the individual cases and to pressure law makers and police departments across the country to institute changes in how the police confront to citizens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A protester displays a placard at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters shout slogans at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters shout slogans at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters react at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters display placards at the Union Square in New York on April 14, 2015 during a demonstration against the recent shooting death of Walter Scott by a South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott, a 50-year-old father of four, was shot in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing from a routine traffic stop while a bystander caught the event on video. The shooting follows a series of similar incidents that have provoked outrage and protests across the United States, most notoriously the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reuters) -- Protesters angered by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States marched across New York's Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday, hoping to invigorate a national discussion on the thorny issue.

Some 250 placard-bearing activists organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network marched from Union Square to protest the latest incidents of violent police tactics used against minorities.

"Stop murder by police" and "Stop killer cops," the signs read.

At least nine people, some of whom appeared to be school-aged, were arrested following a brief scuffle with police after they crossed the bridge.

"She has homework to do," a teen who declined to give her name shouted at police as one of the people was marched onto a New York Police Department bus.

Galvanizing their cause was the April 4 fatal shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The shooting was captured on video, and the officer has been charged with murder.

Family members of several unarmed black or Hispanic men or boys who died in encounters with police called for more oversight.

"What this protest right here is about is that too many are being murdered," said Nicholas Heyward Sr., whose son Nicholas Heyward Jr. was shot dead at age 13 in public housing by a police officer 20 years ago while playing cops and robbers with a toy gun.

"I have been fighting for the last 20 years to get that case reopened," he said.

"It's painful because not only do I have to wait but while I'm waiting, I am constantly seeing innocent victims gunned down on the street for no reason at all."

Last year, a tide of protests was inspired by a string of high-profile cases of black men losing their lives at the hands of white police officers.

But the manifestations of indignation following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York slowed to a standstill over the winter.

Another group of protesters, led by Justice League NYC, have embarked on a 250-mile trek to Washington from New York City to demonstrate against police-related deaths.

They are due to reach the National Mall on April 21.

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