“F**k The Police”: Protests Erupt Nationwide Over Indictment Decision, Including ‘Die-Ins’ And Marches Blocking Highways
Last night, as Ferguson erupted in protests, violence and fire, people around the country rallied together to stand with that community and let their voices be heard about the decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson for killing Mike Brown. According to the Huffington Post, people rallied together all over, including outside of the White House in D.C., in Philly, and people marched throughout Times Square last night and took to different bridges in NYC to shout “Hands up, don’t shoot.” There were also protests in Chicago, Boston, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, as well as Beverly Hills and Oakland, where there seemed to be some vandalism, including the words “F**k the police” being spray painted on walls and garbage cans being set on fire. Protesters in Oakland also blocked Interstate 580 in droves.
One very important form of protest some engaged in included a mass die-in, which was seen in St. Louis, Beverly Hills and Oakland. Protesters laid down in the street and had their bodies outlined with chalk to imitate a crime scene. And there were also moments of silence done for 4.5 minutes to signify the hours that Mike Brown’s body laid in the street on August, 9.
Some people are also calling for a Black Out on Black Friday, encouraging people to protest peacefully in the parking lots of stores and malls as people shop, or to not take part in the shopping frenzy on that day at all. Protesters want to hit corporate America in the pockets in order to send a message.
Protests will continue today, with Al Sharpton’s National Action Network planning several at court houses in different cities around the country, on top of many others that are already being planned at businesses, churches, school campuses and in open plazas and squares nationwide.