Protesters stand raise their hands in front of a police line during a demonstration over recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on December 7, 2014 in Berkeley, California.
UPDATED: 12:20 a.m. ET: The protests in Berkeley have moved onto a local highway (Highway 24), with hundreds of members of the protest group blocking the road in much the same as New York City protesters who shut down two of the city's major thoroughfares (FDR Drive and the West Side Highway) last week.
Protestors have taken freeway, hearing explosions, not sure what is being used by police. #BerkeleyProtest pic.twitter.com/LvFekGFJj5— Jason Paladino (@jason_paladino) December 8, 2014
A number of protesters are posting Twitter photos documenting the event and on Ustream one protester is maintaining a live video feed of the protest.
Protest breaks through police line. Taking freeway. Smoke or gas deployed.#BerkeleyProtest pic.twitter.com/l1kjpUSaYy— Jason Paladino (@jason_paladino) December 8, 2014
Although local police have fired tear gas into the crowds and tensions appear to be high, as of this writing, the protest hasn't descended into violence as it did during last night's Berkeley protests.
Peaceful protests against police brutality continued Sunday afternoon and evening, without the violence we saw Saturday. Protestors across the United States expressed their outrage at the lack of indictments against the police officers who killed Mike Brown and Eric Garner.
Berkeley, New York and Miami all saw protests with broadly similar tactics. Demonstrators staged die-ins, lying on the ground for four and a half minutes to symbolize the four and a half hours Mike Brown's body lay in the street after he was shot. They chanted "I can't breathe!" in reference to the video of Eric Garner passing out in a police chokehold, and carried signs saying #BlackLivesMatter and 'This Ends Now.'
Protestors staged another die-in at Grand Central Station, holding their necks in reference to the choking of Eric Garner. They converged on Penn Station, too. Reuters reported that carolers are changing carols into protest songs, making "O Little Town of Bethlehem" into "O Little Town of Ferguson."
Over a hundred New York City #EricGarner protesters silently perform chokehold pose in protest. pic.twitter.com/zCkejmKlMa— Patrick deHahn (@patrickdehahn) December 7, 2014
New York’s Grand Central Terminal tonight's "die-in" protest ...pic.twitter.com/0GDnqH8GFz— Reid Derby (@reid24hrs) December 8, 2014
John Legend is on tour but is helping out with the protest in New York by paying for food trucks to provide free meals to the protesters.— Kimberly (@iamkimmie25) December 7, 2014
"RT 300 to 400 strong @patrickdehahn #EricGarner protest now moving south on Lexington in New York City.https://t.co/kNd5sOCcSj— Casper Ows (@Ows_Casper) December 8, 2014
Demonstrators marched silently through Newton to a protest service at the First Unitarian Society.
100s marching in silence in Newton MA at Black Lives Matter protest. pic.twitter.com/pGyfFyqzXr— Joshua Miller (@jm_bos) December 7, 2014
I've counted at least 500 protesters here in Newton. They're currently filling in pews at First Unitarian Society.pic.twitter.com/M97q49GnFi— Joshua Miller (@jm_bos) December 7, 2014
Around 100-150 protestors blocked I-195 in Miami, NBC reported. They told reporters they were protesting the lack of judicial action following the deaths of Reefa Hernandez (who died after being shot by a Miami Beach Police officer's Taser), Eric Garner and Mike Brown. "We have no choice but to uprise," one said.
"White Silence = White Consent" #Shutitdown #Miami #Protest#NLPGimages #WeGetTheShots pic.twitter.com/nYVpQGLVpz— NLPGimages (@NLPGimages) December 8, 2014
Protesters stopped on 195 at N #Miami Ave, waving at cars passing bye during #BlackLivesMatter protest pic.twitter.com/PBUat3ZTB5— Shevaun Bryan (@finessebryan) December 7, 2014
#Miami waited for right time to protest #EricGarner during #ArtBaselThe World is Here!
#ICantBreathe #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/gJUs7qzQ97— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) December 6, 2014
As of this writing, several hundred protestors are marching down Berkeley's Channing Street. A video shows protestors surrounding the University of California at Berkeley dorms, chanting "Out of your houses, into the streets!" There's an ABC livestream here.
"From #Ferguson to #Berkeley, we won't back down!" Several hundred now headed west on Channing. #berkeleyprotestspic.twitter.com/HpkN6VdjsR— Kale Williams (@sfkale) December 8, 2014
"They say Jim Crow? We say hell no!" Eastbound on Channing toward Shattuck. #BerkeleyProtest #EricGarner #MikeBrownpic.twitter.com/Fs2KU8O6rV— Kale Williams (@sfkale) December 8, 2014
Demonstrators staged a protest and a die-in in downtown Minneapolis,according to the Star Tribune.
“@Abbricot: Youth protest @ Minneapolis Central Library.#TCShutItDown pic.twitter.com/fEhIhbArYg” be apart of the revolution!!!— ~Evërybody.Büt.Mė~ (@wild_supertramp) December 8, 2014
Newsday reported that 400 protestors shut down the Sunrise Highway in Amityville, chanting "I can't breathe."
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