Five Arrested During Citywide Marches Supporting Mike Brown, MO Teen Slain By Police
In 90 cities around the country last night, demonstrators marched in what was dubbed National Moment of Silence 2014 to honor Mike Brown, the teenager killed in Missouri by police last week, as well as other victims of police brutality. The marches were organized online in just four days by Feminista Jones, a writer and activist from the Bronx with a massive Twitter following. In New York, marchers massed in Bed-Stuy, Harlem and hundreds in Union Square; some of the Manhattan protesters made their way up to Times Square, where five men were eventually arrested during what both police and protesters alike called an otherwise fairly peaceful night.
Photo by C.S. Muncy. The Michael Brown protest in Midtown Manhattan. Police "kettling" protesters in Times Square during the demonstration last night.
In New York, as in other cities, marchers with their arms raised chanted "Hands up, don't shoot."
One particular image of the protest in Times Square spread rapidly across Twitter and Facebook:
By about 9:30, the NYPD had "kettled" about 150 marchers in Times Square, surrounding and detaining them by using orange plastic netting. You can watch for yourself, at a Livestream of the event that's still available this morning courtesy of a prolific livestreamer who goes by James From the Internet: