Protesters shut down major highways in New York and Chicago, and demonstrations were held in other cities Thursday as outrage against a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man continued to be felt on city streets across the nation.
Thousands of protesters, chanting "hands up, don't shoot," and "shut the whole system down," marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, shut down parts of the West Side Highway, and blocked traffic in demonstrations all over Manhattan. In Chicago, protesters walked onto the Dan Ryan Expressway and brought traffic to a halt. And in Washington, D.C, a crowd staged a "die-in" a block from the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony near the White House.
"Anger is not even a word, outrage is my word. Those words don't begin to define the decomposition of your soul when you hear something like this," said one protester at New York's Foley Square, who identified himself as Graham D., 33. "Before, no one believed this was happening, but now we have clear distinct evidence that police abuse is happening and still nothing happens."
A grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict white NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July 17 death of Eric Garner, who died after being wrestled to the ground with Pantaleo's arm around his neck, while telling officers, "I can't breathe." A bystander captured the incident on video.