A large crowd of protesters took over a section of Manhattan's West Side Highway and were in a standoff with police Wednesday evening, hours after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man on Staten Island earlier this summer — in a case that was recorded on video and showed the dead man crying "I can't breathe."
A crowd estimated to number more than 100 was on the highway and were seen being pushed north by a line of police officers wearing helmets and armed with batons at around 9:30 p.m. At least six protesters were seen detained with plastic restraints, and shouted out their names as they were taken into custody.
Protesters also staged a "die-in" in the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal and crowds earlier voiced their anger over the grand jury's decision in Times Square.
"I'm outraged," John Grauwiler, 44, said as he joined protests in Times Square. "As a man of color, I'm concerned about the implications of this for me and my friends. I thought the turnout would be different, but this is a wake-up call."