Ferguson protests continue around the country on Black Friday



Demonstrators protests inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, Missouri. Police officers forced businesses to close and cleared the mall of any patrons.
Demonstrators on Black Friday protested the lack of indictment of a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of the black teenager Michael Brown.
Protests took place during the day and into the evening, with demonstrations in Seattle, Missouri, Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere.
Since Monday's decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson, protests have taken place in Ferguson and dozens of cities across the United States.

Missouri

On Friday night in Ferguson, demonstrators once more faced off with police.
Paul Hempel, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, posted these Vines:
Koran Addo, another reporter with the paper, reported that there was a tense standoff between protesters and police before officers retreated.
Later in the evening, shortly before 11 p.m. local time, there were reports of arrests.
Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue, according to The Associated Press.
The day previously, the Walmart in Ferguson was shut down and the National Guard was at the store. Fusion reporter Tim Pool shared a Vine from the parking lot:
The store was reopened Friday morning, with heightened security, including military Humvees, police cars and security guards on patrol.
Early Friday in the St. Louis suburb of Manchester, around two dozen people chanted "No justice, no peace, no racist police" and "No more Black Friday" after police forced them out of a local Walmart.
Officers warned demonstrators that they risked arrest if they didn't move at least 50 feet from the store's entrance, and then began advancing in unison until the protesters moved further into the parking lot. The mostly black group of demonstrators chanted in the faces of the officers — most of whom were white — as shoppers looked on.
Hundreds of demonstrators were at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis, which reportedly shut down Friday afternoon.
Two employees of the Macy's at the Galleria joined the protest:
Also in St. Louis, protesters marched on I-270, shutting down at least one entrance to the road.

Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, where police have conducted mass arrests of protesters in recent days, officers in riot gear cornered about 100 demonstrators downtown, according to one reporter.
The demonstrators chanted, 'let us go.'
A smaller protest took place earlier in the evening in Beverly Hills.

Seattle

In Seattle on Friday, several hundred protesters demonstrated in downtown Seattle.
Police didn't appear to wear riot gear and in some places even patrolled on bike.
By early evening, however, things got a little more heated, with police using pepper spray to disperse protesters.
According to Seattle police, protesters, too, had been using pepper spray and throwing flares.
There were also reports of demonstrators shooting fireworks downtown.

New York City

In New York, demonstrators protested in front of Macy's at Herald Square, holding signs and encouraging shoppers to boycott Black Friday.
After rallying for about an hour, demonstrators entered the Macy's store. Some of those who had entered the store were arrested, according to ABC 7.
On Thursday, seven protesters were arrested while attempting to disrupt the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Whether or not the protests were having an impact on sales was unclear. Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren said that he thinks this could be biggest sale day all year.
There were also protests in Times Square.

Oakland

In Oakland, California, Ferguson protesters targeted the BART public transit system, causing major delays by chaining themselves to the a train car and benches at the West Oakland station to prevent trains from leaving.
Police called firefighters to bring equipment to break the chains.
After removing the chains, police arrested about 16 of the 20-25 protesters who were on the platform, according to Matthias Gafni with the Contra Costa Times.
Both directions were reopened at the West Oakland station by 12:15 p.m. PDT, about an hour and a half after the protest began.

Chicago

About 200 people gathered near Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district Friday. Demonstrators marched and gathered by the Water Tower to protest.
"We want to really let the world know that it is no longer business as usual," said Chenjerai Kumanyika, an assistant professor at Clemson University.
Kristiana Colon, 28, joined protests in Chicago on Friday, and said the day was "a day of awareness and engagement." Colon is a member of the Let Us Breathe Collective, which has been taking supplies, such as gas masks, to protesters in Ferguson.
"We want them to think twice before spending that dollar today," she said. "As long as black lives are put second to materialism, there will be no peace."




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