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.
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.
— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) November 29, 2014
Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue, according to The Associated Press.
Dept of Public safety spokesman Mike O'Connell says 15 arrested in street in front of #Ferguson 25 mins ago. #Ferguson— Paul Hampel (@phampel) November 29, 2014
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.
STLPD showed up for back up at the Manchester walmart#Ferguson #shutitdown #NotOneDime pic.twitter.com/e7ZxD0wJu5— Cross Border Network (@XBorderNetwork) November 28, 2014
Hundreds of demonstrators were at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis, which reportedly shut down Friday afternoon.
This mall is getting shut down. Stores are closing. Hope you got what you needed #BlackoutBlackFriday #Fergusonpic.twitter.com/hJWbjF9XUz— handsupunited (@handsupunited_) November 28, 2014
Police gathering in the St Louis Galleria mall. https://t.co/0SAI2PIlkk— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) November 28, 2014
Demonstrators in Galleria now. pic.twitter.com/yjVkHwBDIp— Chris Hayes (@ChrisHayesTV) November 28, 2014
Very loud. Dozens gathering & moving throughout mall.pic.twitter.com/99iKkM2hbI— Chris Hayes (@ChrisHayesTV) November 28, 2014
Police standing by at the mall. pic.twitter.com/zlQB3dn7L9— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) November 28, 2014
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.
Ferguson protestors block entrance to I-270 at Manchester Rd Des Peres pic.twitter.com/fvdm0kjox0— Betsey Bruce (@betseybruce) November 28, 2014
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.
Police have cornered about 100 #Ferguson protesters in streets of L.A. Another mass arrest could be imminent. @KTLApic.twitter.com/XhiZcmUbsb— Steve Kuzj (@SteveKuzj) November 29, 2014
The demonstrators chanted, 'let us go.'
#Ferguson protesters chant "Let us go" as they approach police blocking Alvarado and Temple intersection http://t.co/CQ7jyhCjCH— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) November 29, 2014
A smaller protest took place earlier in the evening in Beverly Hills.
Another night of protests in L.A. —> One in Beverly Hills, the other — significantly larger — west of downtown along Glendale & Alvarado— L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) November 29, 2014
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.
.@elijsanders reports that he's seen a lot of restraint by@SeattlePD so far. http://t.co/jEHLLXDVm9pic.twitter.com/7LtxJrRiTZ— The Stranger (@strangerslog) November 28, 2014
By early evening, however, things got a little more heated, with police using pepper spray to disperse protesters.
.@SeattlePD disperse pepper spray, percussion grenades on protesters trying to push past barricade.pic.twitter.com/u0ZYdVXpD3— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) November 29, 2014
According to Seattle police, protesters, too, had been using pepper spray and throwing flares.
Some demontrators have thrown flares and are using pepper spray.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) November 29, 2014
There were also reports of demonstrators shooting fireworks downtown.
Hundreds of #ferguson protesters now disrupting Seattle tree lighting. Some shooting fireworks. #MikeBrownpic.twitter.com/fZiaZTlTaD— Joshua Trujillo (@joshtrujillo) November 29, 2014
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.
Large rally in NYC outside of the largest Macy's in the world.#BoycottBlackFriday #BlackoutBlackFridaypic.twitter.com/ye5KPXlbW5— Jenna Pope (@JennaBPope) November 28, 2014
Police have given protesters several warnings to not block Macy's entrance #ferguson https://t.co/vsuBSU73m6
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.
BREAKING: A group of protesters just entered Macy's in NYC, the largest store in the world. #BoycottBlackFridaypic.twitter.com/FtZfGrzy5X— Jenna Pope (@JennaBPope) November 28, 2014
— WEWILLNOTBESILENT (@GREEDKILLS) November 28, 2014
#BoycottBlackFriday #blackoutBlackFriday photo inside @Macys#NYC meet us in times sq. pic.twitter.com/vS8ADn7bQN— WEWILLNOTBESILENT (@GREEDKILLS) November 28, 2014
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.
Protestors walking through traffic on their way to Times Squarepic.twitter.com/K9T2RPzpJC— Sybile P. (@SybilePenhirin) November 28, 2014
About 200 protesters marching towards Times Squarepic.twitter.com/mJBNw1iJSh
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.
Breaking: Major BART system delay due to civil unrest at West Oakland.— KQED News (@KQEDnews) November 28, 2014
Some passengers are very upset, others just sit in the BART cars#BlackoutBlackFriday #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/Nsx85giVTG
Protesters holding train doors open on both sides of West#Oakland #BART platform, trains cannot travel into Transbay tube, per @SFBART— Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) November 28, 2014
BART riders stranded outside W. Oakland station after demonstrators chain themselves to Dublin bound train. #mapitpic.twitter.com/gS6C22Nzsm
— Rhodey Orbits (@NotRhodey) November 28, 2014
Police called firefighters to bring equipment to break the chains.
#BREAKING SF Bound train still stopped. Protestors still chained. Police just gave them 3 min to disperse. #mapitpic.twitter.com/xDzRbfPkK5
Firefighters enter station with large saw and bolt cutter#bartlockdown #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/LOf0KI7iX2
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.
#developing All demonstrators now unchained. Now in different kind of restraint. pic.twitter.com/8w3xAeirmx
Per @SFBART, several disperse orders given before "about 16 arrests"; 20-25 protesters on platforms, 100+ @ #BART station#FergusonOakland— Matthias Gafni (@mgafni) November 28, 2014
At the Lake Merritt BART station with BART police substation. Protesters being charged with 369i blocking a train.pic.twitter.com/jRAopArZA2
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.
About 200 people gathered near Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district Friday. Demonstrators marched and gathered by the Water Tower to protest.
Going NW on Clybourn toward North Ave shopping district#Chi2Ferguson #BlackFriday #BrownFridayChi #Ferguson#chicago pic.twitter.com/8P9WdXWNpK— Minku (@MinkuMedia) November 28, 2014
At least 100 ppl assembled for #Chicago's #Chi2ferguson#BlackFriday #BrownFriday pic.twitter.com/lskUdLGsAl via@daneyvilla #Ferguson— #FreeTenharim (@PersonalEscrito) November 28, 2014
ON THE MARCH #Chi2Ferguson #BlackFriday #BrownFridayChi#Ferguson #chicago #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/yAHKondYlh— Minku (@MinkuMedia) November 28, 2014
Just walked through the Chicago #ferguson protests- definitely one of the more powerful and moving things I've seen. We will not be silenced— Matthew Wilson (@bassesfaces) November 28, 2014
Freedom freedom is the only option, if we don't get no justice they don't get no profits. #BrownFridayChi pic.twitter.com/ma9LLI4MFJ— Sarah-Ji (@sarahdashji) November 28, 2014
.@BrownFridayChi Now at Water Tower in #Chicago:#BrownFridayChi #BlackoutBlackFriday #Chi2Fergusonpic.twitter.com/is77hg7q0v— Sarah-Ji (@sarahdashji) November 28, 2014
"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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