Protesters flood streets across US over Freguson verdict rage

The fallout from the Missouri grand jury’s unjust decision to acquit the officer accused of killing Michael Brown has necessitated demonstrations in a number of large cities across the country, including outside the White House in Washington, DC.

Protests in the US capitol have been mainly peaceful, with in the region of a thousand protesters gathering outside the White House. Some have been chanting ‘Hand’s up, Don’t Shoot,’ while others have been lying down on the ground.

Protesters took to the streets marching up Seventh Avenue following the grand jury’s decision, while barricades were torn down at Union Square, where more than a thousand people had gathered.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton attended the protests in the city, but was splattered with fake blood. The protesters are causing havoc to the city’s transport systems and have already taken over three bridges, which have all been shut down.

In Chicago despite sub-zero temperatures in the Windy City, protesters are out in force and have already shut down a major intersection in the city center.

In Oakland there are reports that protests in the West Coast city are beginning to turn violent. They have started to light fires on the city’s main streets, while police are maintaining a heavy and visible presence.

Those angered by the Missouri grand jury’s decision had blocked all lanes of Interstate 580, shutting down the highway. The local authorities said that so many people were taken into custody that police requested a bus to transport them.


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